Thursday, March 7, 2013

Emory Village Losing Everybody's But Gaining Somebody New

Everybody's Pizza at Emory Village is to close March 19th.


The restaurant's closing was first tweeted by @TuckerPatch with seemingly no story to accompany the brief.  (I hinted at the possibility of them closing last year, but a was unable at the time to confirm a closing timetable.)

Everybody's Pizza has been owned and operated by Andy Kurlansky for its entire 41-year existence.  Kurlansky has decided now is the right time to sell and sent out a press release today announcing the closing.  Ironically Coincidentally, he and Dante Stephenson, founder of Buckhead's Dante's Down the Hatch, are both closing their establishments within months of each other.  

The landmark pizza joint has been an Emory fixture since 1971, but has seen its popularity wane over the past few years.  The sister location in Virginia-Highland closed in 2010 where in early 2011, Genki Sushi, a local sushi chain, replaced it.

Jagger's Pizza, which itself closed last August, was for many years located practically next door to Everybody's.  Many generations of Emory students grew up going to them both, as well as the nearby CVS Pharmacy, previously home to a college sized Kroger.

Emory Village has gone through a metamorphosis of sorts over the past couple of years.  A traffic circle was added to the intersection of  North Decatur Road, Oxford Road and Dowman Drive.  Additionally, landscape and streetscape elements were added to enhance the appearance and to make the area more pedestrian friendly.

In the coming months, Ink & Elm, a new restaurant, will open in the old Park Bench space.  Tin Drum Asia Cafe replaced their unsuccessful sibling concept Wonderful World Burgers & Fries, and nearby, on Oxford Road, a number of new dining options have opened.  Joining fellow newbies Chipotle Mexican Grill and Romeo's Pizza,  Zo√ęs Kitchen opened this week.

In place of Everybody's, Crawford Moran, brewmaster of 5 Seasons Brewing, will open a new restaurant, Slice & Pint.  As its name suggests, the restaurant will serve pizza and will also have a microbrewery serving craft beer.  Due to the age of the restaurant and enhancements Moran has planned, it's likely the restaurant won't open for a few months.

Thoughts?  Memories? Gripes? 

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is ironic about Dante's and Everybody's closing within months of each other?

Atlantan99 said...

Both restaurants have been in Atlanta for decades during which time they have been owned and operated by the same men. I can think of no other Atlanta area restaurant that has been in business for as long as these two and has been owned and operated by the same person.

Thanks for your readership and comments.

Anonymous said...

Irony -
1. a. The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.
b. An expression or utterance marked by a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning.
c. A literary style employing such contrasts for humorous or rhetorical effect.

2. a. Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs: "Hyde noted the irony of Ireland's copying the nation she most hated" (Richard Kain).
b. An occurrence, result, or circumstance notable for such incongruity.

AJ said...

I'll miss Everybody's. Nothing beats their Bacon Chicken and Cheese pizza sandwich dipped in Ranch. I'm going to have to get back there one more time. Hopefully they'll be open a bit longer!

SB said...

He meant coincidentally not ironically. Jeez get a life.

Anonymous said...

I see another anon got to saying what I was going to say...there's nothing ironic about it. I realize you prob jus want to drive hits to another story of yours, you can do better.

Irina Paymer said...

Note to the Author:
This restaurant has more than one owner. It is implied here that the only owner is Andy Kurlansky, however does not mention Phil Paymer who is also an original and current owner.

Anonymous said...

note to the Author:
This article implies that there is only one owner of Everybody's. This is not the case. Andy Kurlansky has a business partner who is a current and original owner named Phil Paymer who you have failed to mention.

Anonymous said...

Atlanta and their chains. I bet Harvard students aren't so addicted to chains that all the local spots close down. Emory is to Harvard what pizza is to Pizza Hut.

Anonymous said...

@Anon from 6:21 - Of the 6 restaurants mentioned in the article as current or planned, there was 1 national chain and 1 regional chain. The other 4 are local. Obviously you didn't go to Emory...

Anonymous said...

Also, if you intended to make fund of Emory with your use of a simile, you wrote it backwards. Good try though...

Anonymous said...

Phil Paymer also owned everybodys pizza, and did a damn fine job. we all know why the place is closing.

Anonymous said...

RE: Anonymous said...
Phil Paymer also owned everybodys pizza, and did a damn fine job. we all know why the place is closing.

March 8, 2013 at 12:14 PM



I don't. Do tell...

Anonymous said...

#SHPH4LIFE

Lynne Everest said...

Hey, Anonymous (the grammar Nazi) - On March 8, 2013 at 10:44, you stated: "Also, if you intended to make fund of Emory with your use of a simile, you wrote it backwards. Good try though..."


Newsflash: If you intended to write, 'Also, if you intended to make "fun" of Emory...blah blah blah', you blew it by misspelling the word 'fun'. Just saying...


SB said to you: '...Jeez get a life". So yeah, that.