Wednesday, August 12, 2020

[CLOSURE ALERT] Bogartz Food Artz Shutters in Sandy Springs

Bogartz Food Artz near the corner of Hammond Drive and Sandy Springs Circle at City Walk in Sandy Springs has closed.  The restaurant, located in a roughly 2,500 square foot space in the Kroger anchored shopping center, originally opened in late 2018 and closed as of Wednesday.  The restaurant was opened by entrepreneur Scott Bogartz and his brother chef Bruce Bogartz.  Prior to opening the Sandy Springs restaurant, chef Bruce ran a successful food truck in Knoxville.  
The abrupt closure of the restaurant, reportedly the result of complications from the COVID-19 pandemic, caught many by surprise, including at least one ToNeTo Atlanta reader.  "It was one of my favorite places to eat" said a longtime ToNeTo Atlanta reader who contacted us looking to confirm the closure.   "That royally sucks" she said of the restaurant's abrupt closure.  

According to Scott, the restaurant had its most profitable and productive month in February and had the pandemic started just two months later, it could likely have lasted until at least December.   

Governor Brian Kemp's Executive Order in March restricted restaurants to takeout and delivery only, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, forcing Bogartz and other bars and restaurants to take huge hits to their bottom lines.  Despite pivoting [basically the word of 2020] and offering takeout and delivery, there was simply not enough business to continue to operate the restaurant.  

When it opened, Bogartz, which featured southern and Jewish comfort food, replaced Tin Can Fish House, which had been in business in the center for several years.  

If you have the stomach to open a restaurant right now, Steve Josovitz of The Shumacher Group is currently marketing the restaurant for lease.  The listing indicates the restaurant features bar seating for 22,  floor seating for 80, and a 40 seat patio.  Would-be buyers are invited to "keep concept or convert with only cosmetic changes."  "All in" monthly rent for the end-cap corner space is $6,800 with the restaurant priced at $99,000.  

What is your favorite Sandy Springs area restaurant?  What would you like to see open in place of Bogartz?  Have you returned to interior restaurant dining or are you still doing takeout, delivery, or patio dining?

Please share your thoughts below.  

1 comment:

Chamblee Station Rider said...

So, so sorry to see it go - the patio was one of the few "safe" places to eat and Bruce and Scott, and the staff took such good care of us - it had become my Cheers.

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