Tom Murphy planning new concept in Morningside.
Tom Murphy, owner of Virginia-Highland staple Murphy's, has completed the purchase of the former Rosebud restaurant on North Highland Avenue. Although unconfirmed at the moment, it's my belief that the purchase was again in partnership with Murphy's current executive chef Ian Winslade and business partner David Green. Both Winslade and Green are partners with Murphy on Paces & Vine, a restaurant the group opened last fall in Vinings Jubilee in place of the former Garrison's Broiler & Tap restaurant.
For a variety of reasons, Rosebud and sibling restaurant The Family Dog closed early last month. At the time of the closures, chef/owner Ron Eyester said that Rosebud was being sold to “a very well established restaurateur, who is planning to keep it closed for the next couple of months and then plans to rebrand sometime in January." Given Murphy is inheriting a fully built out restaurant, within a captive market and likely pent-up demand following Rosebud's closure, I'd think they would stay pretty close to this timeline.
Eyester previously claimed that sales of both Timone's, which closed in July, and The Family Dog are close, but as of now no buyers have been identified. Seen as by many as Eyester's worst restaurant, Diner remains open in Atlantic Station.
Murphy's and the Rosebud space are just under a mile from each other, so its doubtful the two concepts will be similar, but given Murphy's stellar track record, I'm sure it will be good. The Rosebud space is 3,852 square feet with interior seating for 140 and a patio that seats 45.
What kind of restaurant would you most like to see Murphy open in place of Rosebud? What would you like to see open in place of The Family Dog or Timone's? What is your favorite place to get brunch in Atlanta?
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