Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Copeland's Quietly Closes at Atlantic Station, New Concept Coming Soon

Atlantic Station eatery shutters 

Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro, one of the original restaurants to open in Atlantic Station, has closed.  The restaurant, which was more recently operating as Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland's, was located on 18th Street, across from CPK (California Pizza Kitchen).  

Copeland's reportedly closed January second.  Closing two days into a new year seems a bit odd to me given the likely tax/license implications, but I'm sure they had a good reason. 

The following statement was supplied to me by an Atlantic Station representative.

"In a mutual strategic decision with Atlantic Station, Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro has decided to close its 18th Street restaurant. Copeland’s will focus on its two Copeland’s of New Orleans franchise locations in the Atlanta area that “proudly serve customers the best of New Orleans creole cuisine” and “better represent the future of Copeland’s and our focus on growth within the company,” said Al Copeland Jr.  The closing of Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro also aligns with Atlantic Station’s strategy to refresh restaurant concepts with the latest and best in fast-casual and fine dining experiences. Plans for new dining concepts will be announced soon at Atlantic Station, the city’s original repurposed, revitalized development that today is Atlanta's premier in-town dining and shopping destination."

The restaurant was owned Al Copeland Investments, a New Orleans based enterprise.  The company continues to operates two sibling concepts in metro Atlanta: Copeland's of New Orleans in Cumberland on Cobb Parkway and in Kennesaw on Barrett Parkway.  A Buckhead location on Piedmont Road closed in 2011 and was replaced by Modern, which in turn closed a short time later.  Today, the space is occupied by Chama Gaucha, a Brazilian steakhouse.  

What would you like to see open in place of Copeland's at Atlantic Station?  What is your favorite Atlantic Station restaurant?  Do you feel the property has gotten better, worse or remained about the same since Hines purchased it from North American Properties in late 2015?  

Please share your thoughts below.  

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good riddens. This place was an embarrassment. Awful food, awful environment, awful service. Now Rosa Mexicano need to go too.

Anonymous said...

I never understood Rosa Mexicano. The food wasn't very good and it was so expensive. Such a prime/visible location too.