Leawood, Kansas-based Houlihan's has closed its East Cobb location and will open sister-concept, Chequer's Seafood + Steak in its place.
Chequer's is currently located at 236 Perimeter Center Parkway but is being displaced at part of the massive new, 17 acre development that will include a significant presence from insurer State Farm.
The Dunwoody Chequer's is the only unit left branded under the Chequer's moniker in the chain. In other markets, Houlihan's operates Chequer's-like concepts Bristol Seafood Grill and Devon Seafood Grill.
The 6,900 square foot Houlihan's in East Cobb at Merchants Festival closed this past Monday and a Chequer's representative tells me they will open "by Easter."
Houlihan's once had many high profile locations in metro Atlanta. Today its only Georgia locations are in Columbus (2 locations) and Savannah (1 location)
Previous Atlanta-area locations once included Park Place in Dunwoody, Lenox Square in Buckhead, Peachtree Road near Piedmont Road in Buckhead, Colony Square in midtown, and multiple locations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
According to the Houlihan's website, Houlihan's has about 80 locations in 18 states plus one on Mars. The chain's largest market is New Jersey with 15 units, while Arkansas, California, Iowa and Mars each have single locations.
Thanks to Billy from RestaurantsATL for this tip.