The Peasant Bistro has closed.
Maureen Kalmanson and Pam Furr decided to close their downtown restaurant this past Saturday in order to focus on their current and upcoming midtown projects.
Peasant Bistro opened in 2006 on the bottom of the Embassy Suites, overlooking Centennial Olympic Park on Park Avenue West. Campagnolo, which can be translated "peasant," opened a little over a year ago on Piedmont Avenue in midtown. Earlier this year came word that the partners planned to open a new restaurant, Henry's Midtown, near Campagnolo, at 10th and Juniper Streets.
Kalmanson and Furr are 25+ year veterans of the restaurant industry, having spent decades growing the original Pleasant Peasant restaurants with Bob Amick. The pair even owned one of the last remaining Peasant restaurants, on Peachtree Street, but closed it not long after opening the Peasant Bistro downtown.
It would seem that the partners are pleased with midtown, and perhaps displeased with downtown. This, of course, is rather odd given the limited options downtown and variety of walking options in midtown. I will say that that their location, on the back side of the Embassy Suites, may have made it difficult to describe to some, and of course offered zero visibility from Marietta Street.
I know for a fact that the restaurant was busy during the recent Final Four, but so was just about every other restaurant.
Now you can look forward to Henry's, which I'm now told will open next month, and reminisce about the Peasant restaurants of Atlanta.