I've read the comments, received the tweets and seen the bat signals and changes are coming.
Mistakes were made on my recent DeathWatch post and I would like to take a moment to both acknowledge them and to pledge that things will be different in the future.
I'm reminded of the quote, "with great power, comes great responsibility." I feel as though I have let down not only myself, but a number of businesses and the many readers of ToNeTo Atlanta as well.
Though the DeathWatch remains one of the most popular segments on the site, it has become both less accurate, and at times, completely off. That being said, changes are coming. If and when the segment does come back, the DeathWatch will be leaner in both editorial and number, and will have clear timelines and reasoning.
Among the many complaints about the most recent edition were that I simply pick on restaurants (and retailers) I don't like, that is simply not the case. Yes, some of the DeathWatch members I may not care for personally, but some were submitted by multiple readers or added for other reasons, unrelated to my personal preference. Even where certain establishments that were included that I don't care for, that was not the sole reasoning for them being added.
Additionally, I wanted to admit that two establishments should not have made the list.
Sprig in Oak Grove and Mellow Mushroom's downtown location are both doing well and their appearance on the DeathWatch was unwarranted.
Sprig has not only corrected earlier issues and doing well, but ownership is opening a second location in downtown Lilburn. The restaurant for which the owners are currently seeking name suggestion will open in the former Blue Rooster Cafe on Main Street on old town Lilburn. Blue Rooster closed in late 2011 and apparently the space had become highly sought after, with the Sprig owners winning the blessing of city officials. (The city currently owns the building.)
Mellow Mushroom has recovered from a terrible opening and has become quite popular. The restaurant, located at Allen Plaza near the W Downtown, had not done well earlier, but sales are now quite strong and I don't see them going anywhere.
Thank you for your continued readership.