Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ay Caramba! Popular Restaurant Says Hasta La Vista... For Good

Popular restaurant closing after 26 years in business
Caramba Cafe, the locally owned Mexican eatery, plans to close after dinner service on December 31st.  Caramba Cafe spent much of its existence in Morningside, across from Alon's, on North Highland Avenue.  In 2010, the restaurant closed in Morningside and relocated to the the Pencil Factory Shops on Decatur Street, near downtown Atlanta.

The restaurant was never the same following the relocation.   

Caramba Cafe's last days in business will be today, Tuesday and Wednesday the 31st with service until 9PM. 

The shops at the Pencil Factory Lofts have not been kind to restaurants, with a number of them not lasting long below the residences.  Popular Virginia-Highland restaurant American Roadhouse opened a satellite location here, but it closed last year after less than a year in business. Chow Bing, which replaced American Roadhouse, closed earlier this summer, opting to focus on their new Buckhead location.  The Drafting Table closed too, and is now Bada Bings Sports Food & Fun.

Interestingly, Caramba Cafe's former home in Morningside has changed concepts four times since their departure.  First was Burger Tap, then Waffold, both from J.P. Kim of Yoforia.  After the failures of both burgers and gourmet waffles, Ron Eyester's pizza joint Timone's Pizza failed too.  "Soon," Eyester plans to reopen the space, still called Timone's, but now serving pizza and deli sandwiches along with limited grocery items.  


The Anti-Gnostic said...

Sorry to hear this. Had many meals and drinks in their Morningside location.

Why did they move to downtown? Until the bulldozers come out and people get evicted at gunpoint, downtown will never be more than the government/tourist-trap/boondoggle district.

Anonymous said...

What are you talking about? That area has seen a significant turnaround. Tons of GSU students.