Mike Brosius, who many in Atlanta will know as the man behind multiple successful linen businesses, is getting back into the restaurant business. Brosius, who in 1992 started Omni Linen, later sold it and started Blockbuster Linen which he in turn sold and started Go! Hospitality which he in turn sold, which he sold this past fall. As the name Go! Hospitality suggests, the business caters to thehospitality industry. Clearly Brosius has a knack for the linen business, but he and his wife Lauri also opened a total of four Cinco Mexican Cantina eateries before selling them. All four of the Cinco eateries were rather far out in locales such as Alpharetta, Cumming, Suwanee and in Smyrna at Akers Mill.
Now, with interest in returning to the restaurant business, Brosius has purchased the Decatur Diner space in Decatur and plans to open a "full service hi quality hi energy Mexican restaurant and bar with a street food twist and exciting patio service." I have never been to a Cinco Cantina, but this description sounds very similar to what I'd heard about it. Prior to being the Decatur Diner, the restaurant was an Atlanta Bread Co. After taking forever to open, the Decatur Diner only lasted a few months before being sold last fall to an absentee owner with no full service restaurant experience who immediately put the restaurant back on the market.
With all the wonderful eateries in Decatur I'm hopeful this dynamic location will finally get a concept deserving of the space. I learned of this deal a couple weeks ago, but it was just this week that Decatur Diner closed as a result of the finalized deal. Expect for the new, as yet unnamed eatery, to open later this summer or early fall.
Did you ever dine in Decatur Diner? What is your favorite Decatur eatery? What are your thoughts on the space becoming a Mexican eatery? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.