Friday, January 8, 2021

[UPDATE] Lovies BBQ Has Closed [For Good] in Buckhead

After months sitting idle but under the premise that it would reopen, Lovies BBQ on Piedmont Road in Buckhead has seemingly closed for good.  The restaurant, located on the back side of the Piedmont Road-facing building that also houses Indian quick-serve eatery NaanStop, closed in July 2020 "until further notice" as the result of rising COVID-19 cases.  

A ToNeTo Atlanta reader notified us this week that all Lovies signage has now been removed from the building.  That said, and despite the fact that we were told last summer that the restaurant would in fact not be reopening, the Lovies space is not yet shown as available for lease on marketing materials from property owner Selig Enterprises.  

Atlanta natives and high school friends Nate Newman and Drew Gregory opened Lovies in January 2014 and it eventually garnered a following for its pulled pork and chicken, macaroni and cheese, Brunswick stew and sweet potato waffle fries, among other offerings.  ToNeTo Atlanta visited the eatery a few times and was especially impressed with their chicken biscuit.  

The restaurant's nearly six year run is indicative of the success they were able to achieve despite having what many would consider an inferior location.  If not for the effects of the pandemic and resulting shutdowns and service limitations, it's reasonable to surmise the business would have continued to operate from their Piedmont Road outpost.  

Lovies is now the third eatery to close in the immediate area in the past few months, following the closures of Chama Gaucha in Tower Place and Marco's Pizza in Piedmont Peachtree Crossing.  Burgerfan, a new burger joint opened last year by the same owners who had previously operated Sushi Bar Yu-ka from the same place in Peachtree Piedmont Crossing shopping center, remains "temporarily closed," with sources close to the center indicating it will not reopen.  

Despite the pandemic and other restaurant closures, a separate Selig-owned property adjacent to the former Lovies welcomed a new bar, lounge, and restaurant at the end of October.  Florida-based Blue Martini opened its heavily delayed Buckhead outpost at 3402 Piedmont Road October 30.  

Were you a fan of Lovies?  What is your favorite place for barbecue in Buckhead?  What would you like to see open in place of Lovies?

Please share your thoughts below.  


Unknown said...

I absolutely miss their Brussel sprouts, it honestly opened my percpective on greens and did my best to replicate them on my own

Unknown said...

Great loss to the area!! Super veggies, fabulous BBQ, yummy Mac and cheese. Hope to see it reopened. Nate and Drew had success with this place and would again with a new place.

Unknown said...

They had great breakfast too.

Anonymous said...

Definitely miss them. It was soooooo good

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