Capozzi's Decatur on Clairmont Road will be changing hands, and names, after five years.
The neighborhood Italian eatery has become one of the longest running eateries in the center. An email was sent to patrons this week announcing upcoming changes to the restaurant. The email invited guests to come in this past weekend and next to say goodbye to current owners and to meet new owner "Tori."
Reportedly, the sale of the restaurant is due to close by the 15th (tax day coincidence?) Additionally, the restaurant will remain Capozzi's until later this year, perhaps June or July, when the owners plan to introduce a new name for the restaurant.
The restaurant heavy shopping center in which Capozzi's is located has had its fair share of turnover over the years. Although I never lived close enough to the center to pass it daily, or even weekly, I still witnessed plenty of changes at the complex.
Capozzi's opened in 2008 and replaced previous Mexican eateries Ricardo's Mexican Grill and Sol Y Luna.
In the late 90s, the center was home to one of the first Melvyn & Elmo's (later renamed Einstein Bros. Bagels) bagel shops in Atlanta. If memory serves, the shop opened around 1997 or 1998 and was one of the first to close. (Another, more famous, former Einstein Bros. was on Peachtree Road in Buckhead and later became the first unit of the now national chain, Moe's Southwest Grill) Einstein Bros. Bagels and has gone on to reopen not near Emory, but on the campus itself!
The far left space in the center has probably seen the most turnover as it's been two different concepts, albeit supposedly from the same owner, in just the past couple of years. The Nest opened in the spring of 2011, and was replaced by Scoreboards Bar & Grill this past fall. This string of restaurants follows a longer list of failed businesses including Selam and Moya, among others.
Community Q opened in 2009 and replaced The Epicurean. I also recall failed burger joint Burger Joe's having been in the center in a space later occupied by a Papa John's franchise and more recently Bhojan Market.
Current restaurant tenants include the ever popular Pyng Ho Chinese restaurant, Mint2 Thai/sushi, Bhojanic and Nectar, a juice bar and sandwich shop.
Are you a current customer of Capozzi's customer with feelings on the change? What is your favorite eatery in the center? What type of restaurant would you like to see open in the area?