The Tavern at Phipps is no longer open for business in Buckhead after three decades of service. The Phipps Plaza mainstay since 1992 quietly closed its doors for good, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution (AJC) first confirmed. The Tavern at Phipps had in recent years underwent a renovation of its facade as part of the mall’s ongoing renovation and earlier this year its longtime neighbor Jeffrey also closed its doors for good.
Reps for The Tavern at Phipps’ parent company confirmed the news in a prepared statement. “Nearly three decades ago we set out to create an environment with upscale food, a lively bar, and generous hospitality,” Vince Van Brunt, the company’s CEO, said. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done and the memories we have helped create for so many. I want to thank each and everyone on our team, guests, and partners over the years who have shared in our success.”
While Van Brunt did not specifically reference COVID-19 as a deciding factor in closing, Amber Stewart, director of marketing for CentraArchy, told the AJC that “timing and the pandemic” ultimately forced the closure. As with many of the city’s restaurants, The Tavern at Phipps had been closed since March to slow the spread of the virus and never reopened.
The Tavern at Phipps made a mark with quirks like its left-revolving front door, flying napkins, as shown in the picture above, and live music nightly. CentraArchy Restaurants, which operates out of South Carolina, has a foothold in Atlanta. The company locally operates Dunwoody’s 30-year-old Joey D’s Oak Room and New York Prime in Buckhead.