Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Harry Bissett's: A Bust In Buckhead


Just as we prepare April's additions to the Death Watch, one of the would be eateries has closed. Despite being one of the most read stories on Repeat Atlanta in the weeks leading up to their October opening, it seems that was all people did, read, not eat. Harry Bissett's Buckhead closed today after opening in late October. Located at Pharr and Grandview Rds in what has become a cursed space for eateries, Harry Bissett's never really got a foothold in the area and its closing is not surprising  Hoping to capitalize on its Buckhead location and attract UGA grads and neighbors alike, it never seemed to be especially busy and never reached the numbers necessary to stay in business. Once planned to be the first of up to 20 Harry Bissett's, those plans seem in jeopardy at this point. Repeat Atlanta!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think the only reason the one in Athens does well is because it is right across from UGA's north campus. I never found the overpriced food very good when I went to school there...it was much more of a frat boy destination to drink beers.

Anonymous said...

A restaurant closing without having even been open for 6 months is ridiculous. You have to give your business time to find its niche, completely market itself, and grow. Whoever opened this wasn't prepared for the upfront costs associated with opening a restaurant. It requires a lot of patience and long-term thinking which clearly this person, and unfortunately a lot of Atlanta franchisees, do not have.

Anonymous said...

what would succeed:: taco mac/3 dollar/jocks-njills/Hudson Grill/The Lodge type of place . . decent food for a decent price, cold beer, no attitude, all sports, affordable lunch menu (Stout does it RIGHT!) That's the kind of place that would attract the old-timers, college kids, work week lunch crowd, college football fanatics, pro-sports fans, chillin with friends on a Saturday afternoon, happy hour, dinner w/kids after Buckhead Baseball. . .i really miss being within walking distance of this type of place . .cabbin' it to Brookhaven or Lindbergh has gotten old and expensive. Bring a little life back to those who are left with nothing but a big dirt hole to look at . .

Anonymous said...

I agree that a taco mac, hudson grill, etc. kind of place would be a great success. In Atlanta, there aren't enough casual places. Harry Bissett's tried to be too many different things. It would have much more success if it had been geared toward being a more casual, sports bar type of place. The food was extremely overpriced. You can have a gourmet dinner at some of Atlanta's best restaurants for what you'd pay for mediocare food here.

Anonymous said...

That's what happens when someone that has never even worked in a restaurant tries to open a restaurant. Durrett seemed far to concerned about how hot his staff was, than how good his restaurant ran. Stick to money markets John. He also focused on silly party bus's to Athens. He was an idiot in my opinion.