Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cafe Mezo Hoping to Reverse the Curse at Midtown Location

A new restaurant with a familiar sounding name is coming soon to midtown.

Cafe Mezo, unrelated to Cafe Intermezzo, which recently relocated to Peachtree Street in midtown, will soon open on Juniper Street nearby.  Cafe Mezo is opening at 794 Juniper Street, near 5th Street, in a space most recently occupied by The Fifth Ivory.

The Fifth Ivory, which opened in early 2012, was a piano bar featuring Southern fare and assorted tapas style offerings.  The restaurant apparently closed sometime in September (although its facebook page says they will "reopen tomorrow 4 p.m - 11 p.m.")  The Fifth Ivory's website shows a short message that claims they are in fact relocating. 

"Our new home is not quite ready and we needed to prepare for the move and as a result we will be temporally closed while we finish the final touches."

Cafe Mezo officially filed articles of incorporation with the City of Atlanta on September 17, with Anar Gafarzada of Alpharetta, Kemal Gazi Karsli of Sugar Hill, and Selim Koyuncu of Alpharetta listed as officers of the corporation.  An alcohol license was issued by the City of Atlanta on October 22nd but no other information was located regarding renovation or conceptual plans.

The now remodeled Victorian house where Cafe Mezo will open has been home to a number of failed restaurants over the years including the aforementioned The Fifth Ivory as well as  Murphy's Den, Avra Greek Tavern and Cavu Midtown Bistro.

It's unclear at this time what kind of food Cafe Mezo will offer A reader reports having been told that Cafe Mezo will offer "new and different" Greek cuisine , I'm guessing there will be at least some kind of conflict with Cafe Intermezzo considering the close proximity and similar name.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's Greek food of some kind but "new and different" or something to that effect was what one of the people working on it told me.

Anonymous said...

Kemal is the Cafe Agora dude.

Atlantan99 said...

@Anon RE: Kemal,

Yes, you are right, Kemal previously worked at Cafe Agora Midtown.

Thanks for the comment and for your readership.

Anonymous said...

Go ahead and add this to the Death Watch.

By the way, restaurants need to cut the crap with the renovation and relocation tap dance. It's utterly ridiculous. Be a man and admit you closed because you didn't work hard enough to succeed. "Renovations?" Please. I have NO idea what the point of this phenomena is.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of renovations - How's the new management hiring at Modern coming along?

Atlantan99 said...

@Anon RE: Modern,

Good one!

Jenna S. said...

I think there was also a restaurant called Salt in that space, too -- just before Avra.