Friday, January 5, 2018

[CLOSURE ALERT] McCormick & Schmick's Sleeps With the Fishes in Dunwoody

McCormick & Schmick's has closed its location in Dunwoody near Perimeter Mall.  The restaurant, which closed quietly and without advance notice on Monday, had been open since mid-2000.  The chain's downtown location at CNN Center, which opened in late 2002, remains opens.  

McCormick & Schmick's closure in Dunwoody follows the closure of neighboring restaurant Brio Tuscan Grille this past September.  Brio itself had replaced Il Fornaio, an Italian restaurant and original tenant in the project.  P.F. Chang's is now the last remaining restaurant in the three restaurant development.  

Self-made billionaire Tilman Fertitta, through his company Landry's, Inc., owns McCormick & Schmick's as well as over three dozen other restaurants, hotels and casinos around the country.  In Atlanta, Landry's other concepts include the remaining McCormick's downtown, Morton's The Steakhouse, also downtown, The Oceanaire Seafood Room in Midtown and  Joe's Crab Shack in Kennesaw, Morrow and Savannah.

Fertitta purchased the Morton's chain in December 2011 after which he closed the Buckhead outpost near Lenox Square in early February 2012.  The space was vacant for over five years before being leased to Sage Woodfire Tavern last year.  After months of renovation, the restaurant is expected to open by mid-February.  

Landry's operations outside of Georgia include Rainforest Cafe, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and Golden Nugget Hotels & Casinos, among other hospitality businesses.  In addition to Fertitta's hospitality businesses, he is also the star of the CNBC reality show Billion Dollar Buyer and last fall purchased the Houston Rockets NBA team for $2.2 billion.  

Are you surprised that McCormick & Schmick's closed its Dunwoody location?  What would you like to see open in place of McCormick & Schmick's (or Brio) in Dunwoody?  Where is your favorite place for seafood in metro Atlanta?

Please share your thoughts below.  


Greenwave said...

Not surprised they closed. It's away from the mall which is where the most popular restaurants in Dunwoody are. That place needs legit restaurants and not your typical chain crap.

Anonymous said...

Fish Thyme in Acworth should open up another restaurant in this location.

Anonymous said...

I tried to go there once, but the parking situation was such a cluster, that I gave up. With Brio closing, I was going to make another attempt, figuring that the parking lot would be less crowded. Guess I waited too long!

Anonymous said...

The mall can't keep any restaurants open. What are you talking about ?

Timmyg said...

I no longer dine at PF Changs since their employees take a less than "I care" attitude. The complex must be charging an enormous amount of rent. Lot's of other great restaurants in the area

Anonymous said...

The restaurants here were partnering with some parking valet company which pretty much forced you to pay for parking---which is highly annoying in an OTP setting where there is no genuine parking shortage.

This was just a small thing that probably didn't help business. In our two forays at Brio, service was very slow, portions pretty small.

Never made it to M&S.

Anonymous said...

I agree that the parking and location hurt Brio and them. We tried to go a couple times and the parking situation was a mess.

Greenwave said...

@ 1:10 AM

If you can stop talking out of your ass you would realize that Shake Shack, Cheesecake Factory, & Cowfish are always full and busy.

Mark Merchant said...

The food was always good but the service was bad every time I visited. Not surprised they closed.