Simon’s Does ‘Not Foresee a Successful Return’ In ‘COVID-19 Environment,’ Shutters Permanently

Midtown restaurant space in the past decade has been home to at least four concepts including Ludacris' Straits.
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Simon’s Restaurant has permanently closed its Midtown doors, Owner Simon Guobadia Tuesday announced on the company’s social media.

“We are truly saddened to announce that we are closing our doors at Simon’s Restaurant, effective Tuesday, May 19th, 2020,” Guobadia wrote.

“We do not foresee a successful return to business in the COVID-19 environment and the lasting impact on our operations. We thank the Atlanta community for welcoming us with open arms and for the endless support over the last few years. We are thankful for the amazing friends and memories we have made along this journey. Stay safe and healthy Atlanta!”

Simon’s, which opened in 2017, replaced Time, a restaurant from the same ownership,

Time first debuted in 2015 replacing Buckhead Bottle Bar and Straits before that.

Simon’s joins a growing list of Atlanta-area restaurants that have cited financial fallout from the novel coronavirus as its reason for closing down permanently.


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Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.
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I.P.30307since1987!
6 months ago

So I’d like to know…
With all of these unfortunate restaurant closings, are the landlords just letting them out of their leases– free and clear?

I.P.30307since1987!
6 months ago

Just saw an interior photo of the Simon’s space, that place looks huge!

Matthew Decuir
6 months ago

Wow I JUST ordered from there Sunday

I.P.30307since1987!
6 months ago
Reply to  Matthew Decuir

Strange times…
Good for you for supporting a local business!

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