Thursday, July 21, 2022

[UP IN SMOKE] Dunwoody BBQ Joint Now Closed, Available For Lease

Memphis BBQ Co. has closed in Dunwoody. The restaurant, located in Ashford Place (4764 Ashford Dunwoody Road), opened in 2014 and closed at the end of dinner service July 20.  Memphis BBQ Co. was created and owned by Pitmaster, World BBQ Champion, and 2017 Barbecue Hall of Fame inductee Melissa Cookston.  A native of Mississippi, Cookston also operates a second Memphis BBQ in Horn Lake, Mississippi, a city in Desoto County, about a mile south of the Memphis metro.  A third location in Fayetteville, North Carolina previously closed.  

The Shumacher Group is marketing the Dunwoody space for lease and indicates sales have reached close to $3,000,000 and that the roughly 7,200 square foot space rents at $18,000 monthly, "all in."  The listing also indicates that the owners of Memphis BBQ Co. spent almost $1,000,000 to open the restaurant, converting the space from Firkin & Gryphon, a British pub.  (Before Firkin & Gryphon, the space had been Smokey Bones, a Darden Restaurants BBQ concept now owned by Sun Capital Partners.) 

The restaurant is described as "fully equipped turnkey" with the lease also including the sale of 2 Southern Pride 700 Smokers that "cost approximately $35,000 to $40,000 apiece" as well as all furniture, fixtures, equipment, and lease rights with landlord [Regency Centers] approval.  Would-be buyers are invited to keep the business a restaurant or convert it to retail, office, medical or professional use with landlord approval.  

The business is priced at $445,000.

Memphis BBQ Co. marks the second restaurant to close in the Dunwoody shopping center in just the past sixty days.  ToNeTo Atlanta reported June 1 that Wild Wing Cafe closed its roughly 7,400 square foot restaurant in the center as of May 31.  The twin closures leave the center co-anchored by Harbor Freight Tools and Chili's Grill & Bar.  

Are you surprised to see Memphis BBQ Co. in Dunwoody close?  What type of restaurant would you like to see open in place of Memphis BBQ in Dunwoody?  Who in metro Atlanta do you think makes the best barbecue?

Please share your thoughts below.  

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

That was a cute little center when it opened. It had Barnes & Noble and Pier 1, I think. It seems like just about everything but Chilis is doomed there now.

Anonymous said...

It was a great family restaurant!! Very sad to see it go. We loved the barbecue!

Anonymous said...

i’ve only been there once and everything was mediocre except the baby back ribs were very good. If they really did spend $1 million to convert from the pub to the current concept then their general contractor really took them for a ride. there is no way that build out cost $1 million, it seems like when they converted it they took a step backwards. Regarding Chili’s, I commented on a previous post that there are signs on the door that indicate they are now a to go only operation. You cannot go to that Chili’s and dine in, they only have to go, from such a large restaurant. It’s almost like they are pushing for this location to fail. given the new construction nearby in the Publix anchored center with many restaurants, and the new lazy dig and bww out parcel restaurants at perimeter mall, and the new pf changs and other new in line restaurants at perimeter mall I would think this shopping center could use a complete overhaul to attract a new type of tenant or restaurant. A new restaurant called the dunwoody diner from the people behind in Marietta Diner would be a perfect concept for the Second (3rd) generation wild wings space or even the barbecue space. Although we have North Italia opening any day now and another new italian concept next to taco mac at the refurbished center That used to be called Perimeter place, I would still invite the return of romanos Macaroni Grill. I would also invite the return of Houston’s to the area. I am glad that PF Changs is staging a come back!

Anonymous said...

And before Smokey Bones it was a Grady's American Bar & Grill....

Even though it's only a block away from both the Walmart shopping center and whatever the new center replacing the PF Chang's/McCormick & Schmick's is called, it's a block the wrong way. Unless you're going into or coming from Dunwoody you're not going to run into it. Too many other places that come before it if you're looking for a place to eat in the Perimeter area.

The restaurants in that center seemed to do fairly well (Macaroni Grill was always busy, Chili's as well, everything except Wild Wing) yet there's pretty high turnover.

Sandi said...

Would love to see a vegan bbq restaurant there. Grass VBQ would be perfect!

Timmyg said...

Never cared for it. Too smokey flavor and they wouldn't give you end cuts (burnt part)
Next concept please...

Anonymous said...

Trader Joes! Or Raising Canes!

Anonymous said...

The space is too close to Publix and Walmart therefore Trader Joe’s will not consider, also the space does not have the drive-through capability therefore raising canes would not consider. trader Joe’s would be good in the former Kroger space at Cambridge Square in Brookhaven, that said I’ve been told by one of the proprietors that a west coast grocer is strongly considering that space for entry into the Atlanta market, for now Spirit Halloween has popped up in the empty Kroger. I know the landlord is really looking to attract a class tenant because they’ve made a great investment or partnered in installing I think about four high tech electric vehicle goal recharge stations. I like sprouts and wish they would place a sprouts in that location. Brookhaven needs a homegrown local bagel shop. That would be good in the former Starbucks space.

CloseOTP said...

GIVE UP ON TRADER JOES. We should just be happy the ones they have are open. Sandy Springs TJs is not far.

Anonymous said...

I live near Trader Joe’s and don’t understand what everyone loves about it. They have great deals on flowers and I find their fruit and veggie prices comparable to any other grocer. I can just never see past all that frozen stuff and the junk food when I go which is rare. Overall, I’m not sure why it’s such a coveted store by everyone!

Anonymous said...

Is Lucky Markets trying to open stores in Georgia? Or Vons? Good!

Anonymous said...

Bring back Steak and Ale or Bennigan’s! Or what about Fuddruckers? Trade Joe’s can make it work , unless someone works there no one knows what they want to do.

Anonymous said...

I’m trying to think what West Coast grocer is being alluded to. Vons (Safeway) and Lucky (small NoCal chains) wouldn’t be coming. There really aren’t any West Coast Grocery chains that are big enough and growing to expand this far from home, or have a niche that would differentiate them from what’s here already. An Amazon grocery store might be considered West Coast, but Whole Foods is very close to there so I don’t think it would be that.

Anonymous said...

The Whole Foods is on Roswell and as a Dunwoody resident that is pretty far! I would agree though since Publix is in the new shopping center not sure how well it would do.

Anonymous said...

Whole Foods Chamblee is less than a mile from there

Anonymous said...

So very sorry they are gone. We loved it and there aren’t many choices for Bar-b-q. Community is our next choice. We also loved Hammock’s and don’t know many seafood places. Would love another bar-b-q or vegetables like Roasters.

Anonymous said...

We were so surprised and sorry Memphis closed! We really liked everything they had and Shane’s had closed,too. We like Community Bar B Q and will now try City Bar B Q. Would like to see another good bar b que place or a meat and vegetables like Roasters.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed Memphis BBQ but it was always rather empty. I would bring friends from out of town and they always complimented this restaurant. I also thought that corner was very dark and damp looking. Not very appealing! Maybe if it was a little more open and bright, people could actually see it. Good luck to whatever company tries that location next!

Anonymous said...

Burnt ends were all over the menu….

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