Sunday, July 2, 2017

Burger 21 a Bust in Buckhead

Quick serve burger chain Burger 21 has closed its restaurant in Chastain Square in north Buckhead. The roughly 3,100 square foot burger joint opened in the Publix-anchored center on Roswell Road in late July of 2015 and closed this past Friday, June 30th. As I reported this past December, the restaurant was not meeting expectations and had been for sale with local restaurant brokerage, The Shumacher Group.  According to Steve Josovitz of The Shumacher Group, the listing has been off their site "for a while."

The Burger 21 website indicates that the Buckhead restaurant is "temporarily closed," but unlike the Snellville location, which may actually reopen in the coming months after a renovation and new ownership, the Buckhead location is likely not to reopen, according to sources close to the center.  

Burger 21 on Scenic Highway in Snellville closed last August after less than 90 days in business. The franchise owners of the Kennesaw restaurant, which opened this past February, plan to reopen the Snellville restaurant in the coming months. Work to renovate the interior of the restaurant has already started and new signage reflecting the brand's new look has been added to the exterior. The Kennesaw and Snellville Burger 21 restaurants, as well as another in Buford near the Mall of Georgia, are all owned by the same franchise group.  

When Burger 21 opened in Buckhead, it replaced Chopstix, later "Scenario" to the left of Publix. Even before it opened, I questioned the viability of another "better burger" joint in north Buckhead where Cheeseburger Bobby's and FLIP, among others, already exist. As I am a nearby resident, I'd love to see a noodle place like Doc Chey's Noodle House open or another Asian eatery of some kind as that is something the area seems to be lacking. There is seemingly an oversupply of Mexican, pizza, and burger joints in the area, so the addition of another would likely not be the best idea.  

Are you surprised Burger 21 closed?  What type of restaurant would you like to see open in its place?  What is your favorite Chastain Park area quick serve restaurant?  

Please share your thoughts below.  

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wasn't there a Doc Chey's several years ago in the shopping center at Roswell and Wieuca?

Atlantan99 said...

@Anon,

There was a Tin Drum in that center, but never a Doc Chey's.

http://www.tonetoatl.com/2014/02/tin-drum-goes-quiet-in-buckhead.html

IMPO, Doc Chey's was then and is now better than Tin Drum.

Anonymous said...

I also live in the area and agree that there is too many pizzas, mexican and burgers. A noodle place would be good as would a steak place. Use to go to the Roswell Road Outback often. I know it never killed it but I would think Longhorn or something similar would do good.

Anonymous said...

Bring in Old Country Buffet! Outback is gross ...

Anonymous said...

Which Wich !

Unknown said...

Old Country Buffet? You must have lost your mind for a minute there. :)

Anonymous said...

Lol! Nope ... OCB ROCKS (good meatloaf)! or Sweet Tomatoes. Yum!

Mrs. Luke said...

Doc Chey's would be amazing! My guess is that the are a little gun shy after expanding about 7 years ago and then having to close several locations- one of which was in Sandy Springs City Wak

Anonymous said...

Doc Chey is wonderful. Good times and good food.

Anonymous said...

This doesn't surprise me at all about Burger 21. The food was good, but that space was huge and the service was always terrible when we went there.

Kimberly Woody said...

Co Vietnamese would be wonderful

Unknown said...

Wish chopstix would return.

Anonymous said...

Wish chopstix would come back.

Anonymous said...

There was a Doc greens years ago before the tin drum. Build your own salad. I wish that had stayed.

Anonymous said...

That's where I was getting confused - I was thinking Doc Chey was there but it was Doc Greens.

There are so many casual eating places in that shopping center. I drive by there 5 days a week and haven't been to any of them.