The Flying Biscuit on Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb closed abruptly last week, and already all of the signage has been removed. One of the first franchised locations to open after Raving Brands purchased the business from founder Delia Champion, the location was built as a Donato's Pizza but later was failed Raving Brands concept, Mama Fu's Asian House. Recently the business was listed for sale on Atlanta Restaurant Exchange but it seems no buyer was found and alas it simply closed. I have heard from internal sources that the Flying Biscuit concept is in trouble but this closure was still not expected.
Another interesting note is that according to a separate source, J. Christopher's, The Flying Biscuit's main competitor, is in talks to buy back all their locations from existing franchisees in an attempt to maintain consistency among other initiatives. The original Flying Biscuit locations in Candler Park and in Midtown were sold last month by Raving Brands to a local restaurateur who also owns a number of Chinese eateries. A few locations have popped up in North Carolina, and one in Gainesville, Florida, but Atlanta remains their largest market. Local franchisee Barbara Juhan, who opened a location in Sandy Springs last year, will open a second in Roswell / Alpharetta next month. Hoping that customers will make the drive or tell friends, numerous signs (like the one pictured) were posted at the vacated East Cobb location alerting customers to the existing location in Sandy Springs and the upcoming eatery in Roswell.
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