Canyon's calls it quits in Brookhaven.
Woodstock-based Canyons Burger Company has closed its Brookhaven location. The casual burger eatery was on my DeathWatch earlier this year, and actually lasted a few months longer than I'd predicted. The restaurant, located in Cherokee Plaza, closed after business on Friday, and by early Saturday afternoon, all exterior signage had been removed and paper covered the windows. Notices on the restaurant's door claimed they were "moving" and encouraged you to visit their Woodstock location. (I might be crazy, but even if I did like Canyons, to think I'm gonna drive to Woodstock is laughable.)
Canyons tagline "Eat Well. Play Hard. Live Fresh." was meant to differentiate its brand from other "better burger" concepts with its kayak and other outdoor props within the restaurant working to tie the restaurant to a healthy lifestyle.
Canyons was started by former Moe's franchisees in 2008 who wisely cashed out and sold their then two-unit concept to David Kim of Baja Fresh (and other investors) in 2009. Kim spearheaded an effort to grow Canyon's by partnering it with the established Baja Fresh brand and opened dual branded locations dubbed "Baja Fresh Canyons Burger." The first of the dual branded locations was franchised and opened in Bozeman, Montana in July 2010. A second location opened in Great Falls, Montana in December 2011, but by late August 2010, it was closed.
Today , the chain consists of four locations in four states, with local intel in D.C. suggesting that location may be next to close.