Morningside eatery to close, Diner next?
Timone's, "pizza, grocery, deli" will close after dinner service on Sunday, a little more than six months after reconcepting. The closure announcement was posted yesterday to Timone's facebook page. Interestingly, although the Timone's facebook page has fewer followers than ToNeTo Atlanta's facebook page, seven people had "liked" the closure announcement:
"Hey folks, as many of you know, our “long, strange trip" at Timone’s has certainly been an interesting one. To say it has been a learning experience is definitely an understatement. And while we certainly had our "ups and downs" at Timone’s, I think that our efforts to try and make Timone’s work truly demonstrated our commitment to this beloved neighborhood. But unfortunately, we have arrived at a tough crossroads, and I have decided to close Timone’s. As not to focus on the negative here, one door closes and another opens; I think it’s time we take a step back, and focus on the core elements that initially defined our success here in Morningside. Rosebud and The Family Dog have undoubtedly been steadfast parts of this neighborhood, and while exploring other growth options is exciting, these two concepts reflect my personality like no other. Life brings many lessons; hopefully the hardest ones yield a level of clarity that allow you to return to your roots, and apply what you have indeed learned to these things and make them that much better. I look forward to seeing you soon enjoying our version of community as we serve it at Rosebud and The Family Dog. –Ron Eyester"
Timone's originally opened in July 2013, before closing for a few months in 2014 and eventually reopening this past January.
When it first opened, Timone's replaced short-lived waffle eatery Waffold, which itself had replaced short-lived burger joint Burger Tap. (J.P. Kim, once of Yoforia, was responsible for both the waffle and burger concepts.)
Caramba Cafe was the most popular occupant of the space, and they relocated to the Pencil Factory Lofts in 2010 after operating in Morningside since 1988. Caramba Cafe closed at the Pencil Factory Shops at the end of last year.
In Morningside, Eyester operates Rosebud and The Family Dog, both popular restaurants in the neighborhood. I say "in the neighborhood," as it's unclear that if you were to pit them against restaurants in a more competitive neighborhood, they would survive. Eyester's food is ununspired and his persona better suited to a Bravo reality show or as a Joan Rivers replacement on Fashion Police.
Top Chef viewers may recall that Chef Eyester was eliminated in week three of Season 12 of the popular show, making him one of the worst performing Atlanta-based chefs in the show's history.
Interestingly, in Eyester's emotional closure comments, he makes no mention of his other troubled restaurant, Diner, at Atlantic Station.
Diner was first announced in the spring of 2013 with a planned opening in December 2013. The creatively named restaurant eventually opened this past March and was almost immediately panned by media and yelp critics alike.
Among the more entertaining Yelp reviews:
"Everytime my bf & I go to this place, we say..."let's get there before it closes for good." It's almost as if they're attempting to fast track themselves to mediocrity."
Another user created an entire drinking game out of the terrible service she experienced.
---DINER DRINKING GAME---
Rules: everyone brings their drink of choice. I recommend something you can down a lot of.
1. Upon arriving if there is no one at the hostess stand, drink while waiting until someone arrives.
2. If your server says "I'll be right back to take your order"....IT'S A RACE! Send everyone but the person who suggested Diner out in Atlantic Station. See how many people can go to a different establishment, get served, take a shot, and come back before the server does. If you actually take longer than the server, drink. If everyone comes back before the server, the person left takes a shot.
3. Power hour: take a sip on the minute every minute your tiny water glass goes empty.
4. If two or more people verify that your dish is prepared poorly (burned food, way over salted, etc.) drink half your drink.
5. Drink for every item you try to order that the server says is unavailable.
6. Take a shot if your server tells you to come back at a different day/time because that time is when the "A-Team" is in the kitchen.
7. Count how many times the menu refers to another restaurant. Take that many drinks.
SOCIALS: - Every time someone in your party mentions that it's warm inside the restaurant. - If your server blames anyone else (chef, manager, owner, etc) for the poor experience. - If food is delivered without silverware
Another user said of his experience at Diner "This is one of the worst meals I have had in a long time! Everything was terrible."
All in all, the theme seems to be high hopes lead into eventual letdown.
You've heard my thoughts on Eyster and his restaurants, what do you think? Can Diner survive? Are Rosebud and The Family Dog as mediocre as they seem? Will you miss Timone's?
Please weigh in below.