Tuesday, March 24, 2020

[UPDATE] The Pinewood "Closed Indefinitely" in Decatur

The Pinewood in Decatur has closed.  The restaurant, located at 254 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, first opened in 2012 and closed as of this past Thursday, according to a post to the restaurant's facebook page.  The restaurant, the first of several  opened by the group that came to be known as 10 Apart Hospitality, was officially sold in January to former investor, Decatur resident and longtime patron Teresa Dau. [Decaturish has an in-depth report on what they called Pinewood 2.0.] 

On the heels of the success of The Pinewood, 10 Apart would later open The Mercury at Ponce City Market, Bar Americano & Bar Crema at Andrews Square in Buckhead, The Helpful Hotdog along The BeltLine and Deep End in the old 4th & Swift in Old Fourth Ward.  The speed at which they opened new concepts - seemingly without adequate capital - began to catch up to them and they shuttered Bar Americano and Bar Crema less than six months after their opening.  

Both The Mercury and The Pinewood filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2018 and by the following spring, both The Mercury and Deep End had shuttered.  

The transfer this past December of ownership and management of The Pinewood from 10 Apart to Dau was seen as a way out, a way for the beloved restaurant to survive.  

Sadly, however, the spread of COVID-19 and its devastating effects on the hospitality industry seem to have all but sealed the restaurant's fate. 

"It is with great sadness that we announce as of this evening [Wednesday, March 18] we have decided to close indefinitely to assess our next steps.  It has truly been a pleasure serving you."  

A GoFundMe campaign was established last week and is still active in hopes of raising $10,000 to assist the now displaced employees of The Pinewood.  As of Tuesday morning the campaign had raised $4,400.  

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