Tuesday, May 12, 2020

[ADIOS] Chuy's Won't Reopen Alpharetta Restaurant

Nearly 30 months after its Alpharetta debut, Chuy's, a Tex-Mex eatery, has closed its location in Liberty Village near Avalon. The  7,000 square foot restaurant opened December 19, 2017 and closed in April.  There was reportedly no advance warning to customers of the closure.  All exterior signage remains up at the restaurant and a sign posted to the restaurant's front door reads: "We have temporarily closed this restaurant. We apologize for any inconvenience.  Thank you."   That said, the Alpharetta location has been removed from the Chuy's website and an employee at another location confirmed that the closure is permanent.  
The first Atlanta area outpost of Austin, Texas-based Chuy's opened on Perimeter Center West near Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody in 2011.  A second location was added on Ernest Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw in 2014.  A third location opened at Akers Mill Square near Cumberland Mall in February 2017, but it was closed by March 2019.  A fifth location was to open as part of Fuqua Development's Peachtree Corners Town Center development, but plans for that location were abandoned before construction started.  Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar opened this past year on the site in Peachtree Corners previously planned for Chuy's.    

Sources close to Chuy's indicate that the Alpharetta restaurant, like the Akers Mill location, never performed to the company's expectations.  Publicly traded Chuy's, NASDAQ: CHUY, like Darden, NYSE:DRI did with their recent closure of Seasons 52 in Buckhead, likely took advantage of the COVID-19 situation as a rationale to shutter under-performing restaurants.  

The remaining Atlanta area Chuy's in Dunwoody and Kennesaw are both open for delivery, takeout and limited inside dining.  

Are you surprised that Chuy's closed in Alpharetta?  What would you like to see open in place of Chuy's at Liberty Village?  What is your favorite Avalon area restaurant?  

Please share your thoughts below. 

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

no tears lost for large chain mexican restaurants going under. Chuy's food is not great, and is overpriced. Better to patronize locally owned mexican restaurants. Uncle Julio's is next to go.

Anonymous said...

Not surprised. Went to this location twice and the service was horrible. Night and Day difference from the Perimeter location.

Cody Cargle said...

Never ate at Chuy’s when I used to live in Metro Atlanta, sounds like to me either the food and service sucked, oh they are poorly managed one of the three. 🤣

Anonymous said...

Nobody cares dude. Go away.

Anonymous said...

Chuys in Kennesaw is the standard. We go there weekly and management is on top of things! The Alpharetta location seemed busy on weekend nights but it definitely wasn't run as well as the Kennesaw location. Had to be tough with Superica next door, which is def more "Alpharetta"

Anonymous said...

Many restaurants and retailers (both independent and National brands) are taking advantage of the Covid-19 situation to bail on their leases and businesses which have under performed, however a lot more who sincerely want to operate are going to close if we don't get the economy back open.

Retailers, restaurants, and national gyms are making the excuse it's safety for customers and employees, however the main reason is they can't find employees who want to go back to work who are currently on unemployment who don't want to leave a situation where they are making more not to work than they ever did working.

Landlords need to start enforcing 'continuous operation' clauses and Tenants need to force the hand of employees to come back to work or they'll lose their unemployment benefits.

-Retail Broker

Unknown said...

Restaurants come and go.
They are not essential.

Cody Cargle said...

Anonymous said on May 12, 2020 at 11:41 Pm Shut the fuck up if you don’t care, why don’t you go away and quit your bitching on here. 😈

Anonymous said...

The food was good tex-mex. The service started well and got worse and worse the longer they were open which was due to poor management

Anonymous said...

kennesaw's location has abysmal service.

Coolio said...

Yeah the reason people are not going back to work is because they make more in unemployment. Sure. And the NBA Finals will be on TV next week.

People are not going to go out unless and until they feel it is safe to do so. You can't force people to patronize you and you can't force workers to work for you. Duh. Maybe our "economy" shouldn't have been based on these concepts to begin with.

Anonymous said...

Never was a fan of Chuys, tried it a few times at perimeter location, food always came out cold and just seemed very basic mexican food nothing special, and Uncle Julios, I'm surprised they are still open. You are better off going to Willys where its quick, fresh and taste awesome!

Anonymous said...

Sadly will be missed. Contrary to what others say, the service and food was outstanding. Management did a good job at this location, especially after they brought in a young female manager from Tennessee (I believe).

Southern folks don't like flavorful Mexican. Its sad because something different comes and its unappreciated. Also, happened to Casa Vida.
Unfortunately, I love this kind of mexican food and used to drive over 1-hour (one-way) to eat here.

So sad to see this location close.

AGY said...

Very bummed.

Unknown said...

I honestly would like to see chuy's come back. The area was just beginning to gain traction but if it does not come back how about a Texas Roadhouse??

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