The drama that is Modern Restaurant + Bar continues...
About two weeks ago I broke news that Modern Restaurant + Bar in Buckhead had closed. Details and opinions began to pour in. Some readers weighed in on why the restaurant closed, while others suggested what should replace it.
The restaurant repeatedly claimed to be "reopening" but after three delays, has yet to do so.
Today, Vigor Marketing released a statement on behalf of the restaurant. The statement made clear that they were no longer employed by Modern in any PR or marketing capacity, but answered some questions regarding the restaurant's closure.
Below are highlights from the release.
Kane Xu (the owner/operator of Modern Restaurant) had hired Philippe Haddad as the consulting Director of Operations for 90 days. When the numbers were not there to support the contract, Kane released Haddad from his post.
Revisions to the menu that included lower price points and more approachable menu items were announced.
Executive Chef Mark Alba was informed of the pending menu changes and walked out, taking with him key staff members.
The departures of Chef Alba and others forced Kane to temporarily close Modern as he searches for replacement personnel to staff the restaurant and reopen.
There is currently no definitive date for Modern’s reopening
***Given intel I have received from first hand sources and readers, I question the legitimacy and honesty of basically everything in this release.
So, in conclusion, Modern Restaurant + Bar is without a General Manager, Executive Chef and P.R. Firm but may (or may not) reopen, at some point.
What do you think? Is Kane Xu F.o.S.? Would Mark Alba really walk off? Is this restaurant fixable?