Sage Hill Cafe, located at the corner of Clifton and Briarcliff Roads near Emory University, is [temporarily] closed. Multiple signs are posted on the inside of the space (facing out) and although they are somewhat obstructed, the gist is that the restaurant is closed for "large remodel" and will "reopen after the new year" and that they "thank you for your business." The thanking of customers for business makes me think that they are gone for good, and no remodel will occur. Additionally, there is a large "For Lease" sign in the front of the building that seems to suggest that the business is closed for good. I'm not sure when the leasing or remodeling signs went up, but I believe that it was recent.
With friends at Emory and at nearby Ben Franklin Academy, I had heard that the cafe had become a relatively popular lunch spot. The cafe offered affordably priced "home cooking" featuring southern favorites like fried chicken and collard greens in a no frills atmosphere.
Sage Hill Cafe opened September 2009, about five months after Dusty's Barbecue closed in the same space. Dusty's had been a neighborhood institution for 27 years and its closure was a shock to many. Later details emerged that Dusty's longtime owner Linda Thompson had committed suicide. All in all, a very sad situation.
Honestly I don't get the whole act of "closed for renovations" or "closed for remodel." If you are closed for good, why not just say it? Downtown, Yoeshi and sister concept One Cafe Blanc both were reportedly "temporarily closed" over the summer before reopening a short time later and then permanently closing last month. While I've seen enough examples to detect a permanent closure, perhaps other frequent guests are not as aware and remain hopeful of a reopening. With all due respect, it's not certain that they are closed, but I think the writing is on the wall.