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The Vortex has temporarily closed its doors in Midtown and Little Five Points, Owner Michael Benoit exclusively shared with What Now Atlanta Wednesday.
It’s the first time the burger dive bar had to close its doors since opening.
“The Vortex has been proudly serving the Atlanta community without interruption since 1992,” Benoit said in a prepared announcement.
“We truly appreciate the kindness and support of our loyal fans as we have attempted to continue operating in accordance with government mandates during this unprecedented situation.”
Both Vortex locations will reopen when “government authorities declare that a more conventional re-opening is possible.”
In a separate statement, Benoit had this to say:
Dear Vortex friends, family and fans,
It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the temporary closure of both Vortex locations until further notice.
While we wish this was an “April Fools” joke, unfortunately, it is the sober reality during these unprecedented times. Due to the current circumstances, we have no way of determining when we will reopen, so please check back here for ongoing updates.
In the meantime, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and be kind to each other. We hope to see you all again on the other side.
Love you guys,
Your pals at The Vortex
The Vortex joins a growing list of Atlanta eateries pressing the breaks during the “stay at home” orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic including Rocket Farm Restaurants, Star Provisions Restaurant Group, Slutty Vegan, and many more.
[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]