Wednesday, March 27, 2024

[UPDATE] Inman Park Restaurant Hampton + Hudson Not Reopening

Hampton+Hudson, a neighborhood bar & restaurant in Inman Park, has closed.  The restaurant posted to its Instagram page March 2 saying "we are temporarily closed for maintenance," but multiple former employees as well as others close to owner and serial restaurateur Billy Streck tell ToNeTo Atlanta the restaurant is in fact closed permanently.  

Billy, along with his wife Jenn, opened Hampton+Hudson at Inman Quarter May 25, 2016.  The 3,500 square foot restaurant, located at Inman Quarter (IQ), bore a 280 Elizabeth Street address, rather than the 299 North Highland address that most of the other businesses in the development carried.  Ford Fry's BeetleCat, Richard Tang's Char, and Bartaco all carry the 299 Highland address AND have direct access and visibility along Highland Avenue as well as from The BeltLine.  

Hampton+Hudson, along with locally owned sunglass retailer Select Shades, was located in the courtyard separating the two wings of the residential tower.  Select Shades, an independent Sunglass Hut of sorts, was also paying premium rent for the space that was likely marketed as a gold mine, but which turned out to be a money pit with the retailer opening in 2017 but shuttering in 2020.    

The fact is, Hampton+Hudson was a good restaurant: it had an overall rating of 4.2 with about 850 reviews on Google.  That said, it was hidden and surrounded by several more visible restaurants from larger operators, but was no doubt still paying the "BeltLine premium," given its proximity to the popular trail.  

In addition to Hampton+Hudson, Streck also owns or is a partner in Cypress Street Pint & Plate, Nina & Rafi, Lyla Lila, Pielands Pizza, and Pizza Jeans in Atlanta, and Standard Service in Gainesville.  Streck previously opened Grain in Midtown in 2014 but closed it in 2017.  

What are your thoughts on Inman Quarter?  Are you surprised to see Hampton+Hudson close?  Does Atlanta simply have too many good restaurants? 

Please share your thoughts below.  


Anonymous said...

This doesn't surprise me. Right before COVID and definitely after, the whole place changed. The crowd got younger and all you heard were people on FaceTime with no respect for other people. It's sad because this place was good. Liked watching sports and grabbing beers after work.

Anonymous said...

And the potatoes just got real soggy since then too. They should be firm and crisp, not wet and limp. That mad e me stop eating there.

Anonymous said...

lol shut up

Anonymous said...

Billy Streck = likely to close

Anonymous said...

Loved Hampton and Hudson! So very sad it is closed. Everything I ever ordered there was delicious!

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