The Georgia Pine, a full service restaurant located in the Shoppes at Webb Gin on Scenic Highway in Lawrenceville, has closed. Sources say the restaurant closed abruptly last week without warning or explanation, leaving employees confused and unemployed.
As of this past weekend, the restaurant's phone is disconnected, its website down, and facebook & twitter pages deleted.
Local personal injury attorney Gary Martin Hays opened the restaurant in 2013 in place of his previous endeavor, Gary's Bistro. Gary's Bistro opened in 2010, replacing Urban Flats, a failed casual dining restaurant based in Orlando.
Hays enlisted the expertise of Ben Bailey and Chris Collin of Lawrenceville's Local Republic restaurant. The duo served as "managing partners" of The Georgia Pine.
Essentially, the restaurant was an upscale "farm to table" eatery that was perhaps too high end for the area. According to Gary Martin Hays, the restaurant closure was due to a "lack of lunch time traffic" and "lack of cooperation from the landlord."
Did you ever dine at The Georgia Pine? Are you surprised it closed? What would you like to see open in its place?
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