Wednesday, May 26, 2010

NEWSFLASH: American Cafe Was OPEN Until This Monday At Phipps

Silver Spoon's The American Cafe closed at Phipps Plaza Monday afternoon. According to an employee of a neighboring business, restaurant employees came in for work Monday afternoon but were turned away and informed the restaurant was closed permanently. While it's amazing the restaurant lasted this long, it's always a shame to see places close, giving employees no advance warning notice of the closure. Maryville, Tennessee-based Specialty Restaurant Group operates nearly a dozen restaurants across several southern states under the names The American Cafe and Silver Spoons Cafe and in the case of the Phipps Plaza location, a variation of the two. Early on, the chain was known as Mozzarella's The American Cafe but the Mozzarella's was dropped last decade. At one point, there were also locations at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody and Town Center Mall in Kennesaw, but both of those closed years ago.

Phipps Plaza has lost a number of casual and fine dining establishments over the years but will finally gain one with the opening of Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse early this fall. My parents have fond memories of their wedding rehearsal dinner at The Peasant Uptown, a once popular eatery from Atlanta restaurant veteran Bob Amick that closed in 2002, if I recall correctly. Next door to The American Cafe was once Uncle Tai, an Asian restaurant, but it too closed many years ago and has been this, that and the other since closing. Having recently traveled to Boston and talked with Steve DiFillippo (full story to follow in the coming days) , owner and founder of Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, I'm optimistic his restaurant's addition to the mall will be a welcome one. ToNeTo Atlanta

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