Sunday, August 13, 2017

Genki Sushi Buckhead Claims it Closed to Complete A Renovation

Genki Noodles & Sushi in Buckhead has  "temporarily closed for renovations."  The restaurant, located at 3186 Roswell Road in the heart of the Buckhead bar district, posted a sign on their door Friday indicating the closure and directing would-be patrons to the restaurant's other locations in Virginia Highland and Sandy Springs. 
An employee at the Genki in Virginia Highland indicated to me that the plan is to have the Buckhead location reopened in "about two weeks."  

Last year the company celebrated 20 years in business.  The Buckhead location was the original Genki, having opened in 1996. In 2010, the Sandy Springs location at The Prado opened, followed by the Virginia Highland location, which opened in place of beloved intown eatery Everybody's Pizza, in 2011.  

Genki is owned by Buckhead resident Reid Zeising, whose prior restaurant industry interests include owning Back Yard Burgers and reportedly investing in fast casual sandwich chain Cosi.  In addition to his restaurant activities, Zeising is also founder and CEO of Cherokee Funding, a firm established in 2011 primarily to provide funding to plaintiffs involved in motor vehicle lawsuits.
There may be more to the story than a simple renovation.  Although the restaurant is reportedly expected to reopen in two weeks, there have been no permits filed with the City of Atlanta at the Buckhead address since late 2008. Genki's Facebook and Instagram pages, both previously active with specials and events, have been silent since February 22.  Additionally, Genki was represented by Caren West PR up until about a year ago, but is reportedly not currently represented by any firm.  

Do you think Genki will reopen?  Where is your favorite place for sushi in Buckhead?  If Genki does stay closed, what would you like to see open in its place?  

Please share your thoughts below.   

3 comments:

Todd Patt said...

Is there any indication they are doing any work to the place.

Anonymous said...

No evidence of work being done. This is another renovation ruse for what in reality is a closed restaurant. The building was likely sold and will be demolished for the continued vertical development of that area.

Anonymous said...

Genki is terrible, good riddance.