Wednesday, March 16, 2022

[CLOSURE ALERT] Corner Bakery Closes Cafe at Lenox Square

Corner Bakery at Lenox Square in Buckhead has closed.  The bakery cafe occupied a roughly 2,100 square foot space on the mall's second floor and closed in recent days, according to a ToNeTo Atlanta reader.  There was reportedly no advance warning to the public of the impending closure.  The Dallas, Texas-based company still has a presence in Buckhead, though, as they operate from within the Maggiano's Little Italy at 3368 Peachtree Road.

Rival bakery cafe Panera closed its location at Lenox Square in late 2018, where in late 2019 Capital One Cafe opened.  ToNeTo Atlanta reported March 4 that Jason's Deli, another eatery specializing in sandwiches, is slated to close its Buckhead outpost by the end of 2022.  

Corner Bakery's closure in Lenox Square is the fifth closure for the chain in metro Atlanta since the start of the pandemic.  ToNeTo Atlanta reported in August 2020 that the chain had closed their restaurant on Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta near North Point Mall.  Florida-based "bol" concept Bolay is slated to open in the former Alpharetta outpost this summer.  Three locations within Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport that were at the start of the pandemic only "temporarily closed," were later confirmed to be permanently closed.  

Atlanta-based Roark Capital Group, a private equity firm that owns or has interest in more than two dozen primary franchised brands, sold Corner Bakery to Pandya Restaurant Growth Brands in October 2020.  Pandya had in April 2020 acquired Boston Market.  At the time of the Corner Bakery acquisition, Pandya indicated that it saw opportunities for "strategic alliances between Corner Bakery and Boston Market." 

Following the closure, the company will have just five locations in Georgia: In the Southern Building on Peachtree Street Downtown, Akers Mill Square near Cumberland Mall, on Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners, on Ashford-Dunwoody Road near Perimeter Mall, and the aforementioned location within the Maggiano's in Buckhead.  

There is no word on what may replace Corner Bakery at Lenox Square, but the mall does have two new eateries in its immediate pipeline.  

Shake Shack is coming soon to the mall's food court where it will replace quick-serve pizza joint Rise Pies.  At the front of the mall, full service Italian restaurant North Italia (part owned by Roark Capital Group) is expected to open later this summer in a space vacated in 2020 by onetime sibling concept Zinburger.  

Are you surprised to see Corner Bakery close in Lenox Square?  What would you like to see open in place of Corner Bakery at Lenox Square?  When was the last time you dined at a restaurant at Lenox Square?

Please share your thoughts below.  


Anonymous said...

I guess it's hard to be surprised if a restaurant closes in a mall given the current environment but The Corner Bakery in Lenox was always a good lunch spot back in the day. Also used to get lunch at the location near Maggiano's which was always excellent. I was so excited when they opened the Peachtree Corners location but the quality at that location has never matched the Buckhead locations.

Anonymous said...

Is anything still open in Buckhead? Why would anyone want to risk their lives to drive there for anything amidst this crime apocalypse. Amazing that the media doesn't give a damn about calling out these Republican politicians to provide some solutions to this crime way, like, I don't know, how about some form of gun control? I guess that'll happen when hell freezes over

Anonymous said...

The other location in Buckhead is adjacent to and shares a building with Maggiano's but is not within the Maggiano's. Who writes this stuff?

Anonymous said...

You're a little late to the party, as this Corner Bakery closed over a week ago. It shuttered during the pandemic, and then it never returned to its former operating hours after reopening, plus its food quality plummeted. So, what used to be a really good spot for early morning breakfast and coffee became a below average option for a necessary quick bite. Service was hit or miss, depending on management and the crew working on a given day. My Lenox coworkers and I really appreciated the breakfast, but after that was discontinued and the food quality went down, we started embracing other options. Some of the employees were really great, and I'll miss them, but hopefully something better will take its place. RIP.

Ham said...

Yes, disappointing, but probably not surprising. As someone mentioned this was a nice place for a quick lunch and some good people watching with the seating in the mall area. It may have more to do with Corner Bakery's business than Lenox, but still another disappointment for this long time Lenox patron.

Anonymous said...

We love the CornerBakery at Lenox Square. We were there every week and it’s unfortunate none of them seem to be doing very well.

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