Sweet Auburn Seafood is permanently closing its Sweet Auburn doors of five years on August 31, the restaurant late-Sunday announced on Instagram, publishing a story from WSB-TV covering the closure. As with many recently-shuttered restaurants around town, Sweet Auburn Seafood attributes the decision to financial hardship brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“Coming here five years ago just seeing the growth and the potential that it does have, we put everything into it as far as making it a great location,” Owner Patrick Williams told Channel 2′s Audrey Washington. “People from around the world talk about Sweet Auburn Seafood, and then you have your own city that’s not rallying behind you.”
Williams co-owned Sweet Auburn Seafood, at 171 Auburn Ave. NE, with his father who last week passed away. There were also several shootings nearby last month which were fatal, and to add insult to injury, the restaurant over the past few months has seen a decline in business caused by the pandemic, Williams told WSB-TV.
Sweet Auburn Seafood joins a long list of recent restaurant closures, many of which attribute the decision to the effect on business COVID-19 has taken.