Ron Eyester's troubled eatery continues to struggle.
Diner, the worst of all Ron Eyester creations, remains closed due to "a heating mechanical issue."
This is not the first "temporary closure" for the the restaurant, in fact, it's at least the second one just this month.
On January 6th at 2:14PM, the following message was posted to the restaurant's facebook page:
"Due to an unforeseen maintenance issue, we will be closing for the remainder of the day. We will reopen tomorrow at 9am. Sorry for any inconvenience and we hope to serve you tomorrow!"
On January 19th at 9:24AM another similar message:
"We will be CLOSED today. Catch us tomorrow for a big breakfast & hot coffee when we reopen at 8am!!"
Although I've been unable to confirm it, online resources suggest the restaurant may have remained closed from the 19th through now.
The restaurant recently adopted a new branding message: "Creative Eats Kind Vibes." Despite that, patrons continue to be unimpressed with both.
In one review (left without a response on the Diner facebook page) a patron recounts having had a bad experience whereby she and her party had their meal comped. She then recalls "the owner chase us down saying "hey is all u gon tip him? You didn't pay for dinner so tip more! I was so embarrassed!"
While I agree that one should tip more than usual if not paying for the meal, if this account is accurate, it seems like something other than "kind vibes" are offered in Diner.
Another patron who visited the restaurant for the first time earlier this month later called that choice the "worst decision ever."
The restaurant has a total of 83 reviews on Yelp with a paltry 2.5 star rating.
Last year Eyester, aka @TheAngryChef, was forced to close his two more established and far more popular restaurants, Rosebud and The Family Dog, both in Morningside.
Tom Murphy of Murphy's is opening a concept in the former Rosebud space. Benji Shirah, a minority owner of Buckhead's The IVY, recently reopened The Family Dog...as The Family Dog.
This past October, following news of the sales/closures of The Family Dog and Rosebud, Eyester seemed committed to correcting the issues at Diner in an interview with the AJC.
“I have Diner to consider and the stability of Diner is not great right now. But my saving grace is that the Hines group, who just bought Atlantic Station, are very supportive of the concept. And they really want to see me make it work."
How much slack will Hines continue to allow Eyester? Should Diner stay closed, what should replace it? How often do you visit Atlantic Station?
Please share your thoughts below.