Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Greenwood’s on Green Street and Swallow at the Hollow Shutter in Roswell

The AJC reports that longtime Roswell restaurants Greenwood’s on Green Street and Swallow at the Hollow both closed December 31.  The closures, which were not announced and are not mentioned on the restaurant's Facebook page, were confirmed via a recorded phone message at both restaurants.  
We have permanently closed our doors for business,” the message said. “We appreciate your business over the years and thank you very much if you were a patron of the restaurant.”  

Bill Greenwood opened Greenwood’s at 1087 Green St. in 1986, followed by barbecue eatery Swallow at the Hollow at 1072 Green St. in 1999.  Special event facility The Yellow House, which featured food from both Greenwood's and Swallow at the Hollow and was located at 1088 Green Street, also closed.  

It's unclear what is being done to accommodate existing bookings at The Yellow House such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc.  Julie White Stephens, owner of Roswell's Kimball Hall, another event venue, has expressed the desire to help any brides who had their rehearsal dinner booked at The Yellow House.  

Farm-to-table eatery Greenwood’s was known for its fried chicken and other traditional Southern fare, while Swallow at the Hollow’s menu featured Hickory-smoked barbecue options including baby back ribs, pork, beef and smoked sausage, chicken and turkey.  

Are you surprised by the sudden closure of Greenwood's, Swallow at The Hollow and The Yellow House?  What would you like to see open in place of these three businesses?  Do you think the recent development spurt in historic Roswell is taking away its "small town charm?"  

Please share your thoughts below 

14 comments:

jeff a. taylor said...

Both were tremendously overrated IMHO. Once GC BBQ went into Roswell, real top-shelf cue was an option and a very tough competitor. Town planners of course want to up density with a hotel etc. to maximize revenue. They are going to do what they are going to do and nothing can stop them.

Michael Scott said...

Local buzz, i.e. Nextdoor, claims retirement and/or sold/selling land to the city.

Ren said...

We will miss both places so much. These were our special occasion go-to for almost 20 years. If we really liked friends we'd take them to Greenwood's or Swallow at the Hollow. No other place measured up for the kind of food offered.

There are many styles of 'cue. They can be different from each other and both be very good.

I'd love to know how many people left Greenwood's after a meal thinking the food or pie was overrated. I'm guessing it's a tiny fraction of 1%. Reading that made me laugh.

I hope Bill is healthy and happy, and will be offering his amazing food and pies somewhere I can find them.

Anonymous said...

So sad :( Wish I had known to make one last visit! Best wishes to the Greenwood family!

Anonymous said...

Oh, there are things to do to stop town planner/investors. We are all just too apathetic to want to do them.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad I ate at Swallow just before they closed. I'm sad for the employees that received a text informing them of the closing without notice. Many lived paycheck to paycheck.

Anonymous said...

Bill Greenwood is an asshole, but he had some decent food. Still to this day the best piece of salmon I've ever had, and the pie was nothing to sneeze at. A Roswell institution, and a shame to see it go.

Anonymous said...

Agreed Bill Greenwood was a complete asshole. ESPECIALLY to the employees. The wool was totally pulled over peoples eyes as to the "farm to table" aspect. Regardless of that, it's going to be a shame to ONCE AGAIN see Roswell give in to the power of the $$$ and probably build more over priced housing or whatever. Roswell lost its small town charm once they decided to build that Vickers monstrosity. Tear down more small houses and businesses.... bye bye Roswell. It's SICKENING.

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Anonymous said...

The Cue is owned by Paul and Doreen Doster. Previously owners of the swallow. They left in 2008 and so did the quality of the swallow at the hollow. Paul’s connections in Nashville was the reasons they had huge artist perform there. Bill greenwood was never apart of the everyday operations of the swallow. Greenwood’s completely overrated besides their pies. I heard he was horrific to work for which is sad because the employees at the swallow were treated like family There are many stories about Bill but I won’t waste my breathe about him. Karma Karma

Anonymous said...

Visited Swallow only once. Everything was TERRIBLE, from food to service to (especially) the BBQ sauce, which tasted like strawberry Kool Aid (never could figure that one out).

The earlier comment about the change in ownership in 2008 explains a lot.

Anonymous said...

Visited Swallow twice. Good food. Sorry to learn about its closure.

Anonymous said...

I 100% agree with this. I used to love going to The Swallow on the weekends just for the music. He brought in great Nashville songwriters. I loved hearing the true stories behind the songs. Once the ownership changed and eventually the music left, I quit going. Such a shame to see a once successful business be lost due to poor ownership and food.

Anonymous said...

He was not an asshole. He was a hard worker who accepted nothing less but excellence from his food, and his employees. If you didn't like his attitude, he never asked you to come back. - former employee

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