The Luminary Is Krog Street Market’s Latest Casualty

The restaurant's last day in business will be March 31.

The restaurant’s last day in business will be March 31.

Chef Eli Kirshtein has decided to shutter The Luminary at Krog Street Market (KSM), Paces Properties, developer of the Inman Park mixed-use project, Monday announced in a press release.

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The Luminary’s final day in business will be Friday, March 31, 2017.

“I am so proud of the staff, purveyors, and partners of The Luminary, and all we have achieved together. The dedication, commitment, and effort everyone has put forth over the last two and half years has been truly humbling, and I couldn’t be more appreciative of the community support we have received,” Kirshtein said in the prepared statement.

“It’s becoming more and more difficult to run a successful restaurant in a city with such a high level of saturation. With costs increasing across the board, the challenges became too great for us. I always sincerely and deeply love the city of Atlanta and the people in it. Being born and raised here and having the ability to continue my career here is a dream come true. I look forward to cooking for Atlanta again, sometime soon.”

The Luminary is one of several Krog Street Market concepts to announce closures over the past few months including The Cockentrice and The Spotted Trotter, which will be replaced by Bar Mercado, a Castellucci Hospitality Group concept and a yet-to-be-announced market stall.

And Craft Izakaya earlier this year scaled back its operation, now operating as a fast-casual sushi joint called Makimono.

“We are sad to see The Luminary prepare for their last service later this month,” Merritt Lancaster, Principal, Paces Properties, said in the release.

“We appreciate their tenancy over the last two and a half years and wish them the best of luck in the future. We look forward to announcing the tenant who will be taking over The Luminary space soon.”


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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3 years ago

If you feel the market is saturated go outside 285. Especially Gwinnett. We’d love to have something other than chain restaurants up there!

3 years ago

If your product is good, reasonbly priced and service is good – you survive. Most restrauntuers seem to miss one or more of the three. I never made it to this one, but my assumption would be they failed at one or more of these. The demographics of the surrounding area can easily support the number of eating places – and then some.

Bobby McBobberson
3 years ago
Reply to  Mark

I’m surprised it took as long as it did! Nearly since it opened, the Luminary has been surviving on the runoff of would-be Superica patrons who didn’t feel like waiting an hour+. Cute ambiance, friendly servers, but the food was less than blah.

3 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark, you hit the nail on the head. Good quality food often escaped them and service was up and down. Went recently with large group and everyone but a couple sent their food back. I can attest, they started out doing well. Right again, there are more than enough people in the area to support multiple restaurants. Hopefully it works out as they reinvent elsewhere.

3 years ago

Yeah, I’m surprised they lasted this long. I’ve been several times but only for drinks and oysters and I don’t recall the rest of the menu being that appealing. I will say that not once was the place ever crowded.

Mad Russian
3 years ago

Average spot for average people loses average restaurant that charges too much for average fare? The novelty of Krog Street Market and the many clones is beginning to wear thin. Maybe they should have let Tyler Perry put up his production studio instead. Oh wait, the neighborhood didn’t want certain people (you know, other than white ones) coming to their precious neighborhood.

Isabelle Daddy
3 years ago
Reply to  Mad Russian

What!? How did this get to be a discussion about race in Inman Park? One of the most diverse neighborhoods in Atlanta.

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