Owner says redevelopment of Emory Village is blocking traffic to restaurant.
Saba Restaurant sent out an SOS on Facebook Wednesday morning.
The restaurant on Oxford Road made a plea for customers to brave construction and visit their Emory Village location to keep them from closing.
Emory Village is currently undergoing redevelopment.
“The road is open, the sidewalk is open, please help us stay open,” Saba said in a Facebook post Wednesday. “We understand that many of you have been discouraged with the road work in front of Saba. We are open. For us to survive this nightmare, we need your help.”
Saba could close within weeks, according to the post.
Shane Mixon, owner of the restaurant, told What Now Atlanta over the phone Wednesday sales have dropped $100,000 since January of this year.
He attributes the decline in sales to the redevelopment of Emory Village — the shopping center nearby.
“It’s been fatal,” Mixon said. “We’ve had an entire road closed off to the restaurant.” The effect construction has had on Saba’s traffic is pretty serious, he said.
“The roundabout is going to look beautiful, but the process of getting there should have been handled differently.”
Virginia-Highland – North Druid Patch has a thoughtful article about other businesses affected by the construction.
1451 Oxford Road
Atlanta, GA 30307