Buckhead bakery & cafe abruptly closes
Full Cup, a fresh bread bakery and cafe, has closed at Powers Ferry Square in north Buckhead. The locally owned boutique bakery had previously been located in Buckhead West Village but relocated to its current home in 2011. (The former Full Cup on Paces Ferry Place is today home to Jenny Levison's Cafe Jonah & the Magical Attic.)
A simple sign posted to the door of the 604 square foot bakery announced Saturday (8/15) that "Full Cup is out of Business."
Full Cup served a variety of fresh breads, muffins and fiber energy bars as well assorted sandwiches, soups and beverages.
I was unable to reach anyone with the bakery but am confident I know at least one factor that contributed to the closure: Bartaco. With their size and popularity, the new casual eatery, which opened this year in place of Dunkin' Donuts, monopolizes a majority of the nearby parking.
Adjacent to the Full Cup space, a new doughnut shop, Bon Glaze, plans to open later this year. Occupying a slightly smaller, 594 square foot space, I fear Bon Glaze will have similar issues. Both Full Cup and Bon Glaze attract consumers looking to run in for a quick bite or to grab some food to go. This type of quick errand is made difficult given the parking issues that exist and has been made worse by the nearly all day popularity of bartaco. By no means am I blaming bartaco for causing Full Cup's closure, but I do think Full Cup suffered at the expense of bartaco's popularity.
While Buckhead Bread does a great job (Cretzel anyone?) on Piedmont Road, I think there is definitely room for more than one similar business in Buckhead. While the closure sign basically says that Full Cup is "out of business," I'm hopeful that ownership will be able to secure another nearby location to serve their patrons.
If Full Cup were to reopen, where should they do so? Were you a fan of Full Cup? Do you agree that parking issues likely led to their demise?
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