Half baked – Mellow Mushroom confusion lingers

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 9, 2014

Two days after the Decatur, GA Mellow Mushroom posted, retracted and re-posted an announcement about closing, there is no clear answer about what the heck is going on.

The signs on the door of the restaurant aren’t much help.

On Friday, May 9, the sign on the door said, “Mellow is closed this afternoon. We hope to open later.”

Sign on the door of the Mellow Mushroom, May 9.  Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Sign on the door of the Mellow Mushroom, May 9. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

On Thursday, May 8, the sign on the door said, “Closed due to interior progress.”

Sign on the door of the Mellow Mushroom, May 8. Photo provided by Catie Leary.

Sign on the door of the Mellow Mushroom, May 8. Photo provided by Catie Leary.

The announcement on the Facebook page still says the restaurant is closed. On May 8, the owner, Dave Kieffer, told Decaturish he is in discussions with the restaurant’s corporate office. On May 9, Kieffer said he was in a meeting when he answered the phone and promised to call back.

The corporate office Home Grown Industries, has declined to offer any additional information.

Mellowmushroom.com says the restaurant is “Temporarily Closed.”

Screen shot from Mellowmushroom.com

Screen shot from Mellowmushroom.com

Kieffer hasn’t officially said what the dispute with the corporate office is.

That’s the latest on the not-so Mellow Mushroom saga in Decatur. We’ll provide more information when it becomes available. There’s no guarantee it will make any sense, however.

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  • heather


    From: Mellow Mushroom
    Date: Fri, May 9, 2014 at 4:02 PM
    Subject: Thank you for your many years of support and patronage

    We regret that as of today, the Mellow Mushroom Decatur location has closed.

    We appreciate your support and loyalty over the years and we look forward to serving you at one of our many other locations.

    It is never an easy decision to close a restaurant under any circumstances, particularly after many years in a market. Mellow Mushroom remains enthusiastic about the possibilities for another Mellow in the Decatur area at some later date. We look forward to returning to the market and once again serving our customers in the future. Please visit us at http://www.mellowmushroom.com for new openings and the latest news from Mellow Mushroom.

    Again, thank you for your many years of support and patronage.

    • Interesting. That’s essentially the same message posted on the Facebook page a few days ago. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sandy

    I live near the Mellow Mushroom in Decatur, and it’s an old favorite of my family, so I went by yesterday afternoon to see if it was open yet. It was closed, however, and had one of those confusing signs on the door. Seeing an employee of the restaurant next door, I asked if she knew what had happened. She said that the employees had come over to this next-door restaurant earlier and were sitting around talking about the closure. She said that the owner was having a dispute with MM corporate over $3000 worth of “remodeling” that corporate was requiring the owner to do. Anybody wanna raise $3000 so we can have our pizza back?

  • Barb Rowland

    I head that the Corporate of Mellow Mushroom had told the franchise in Decatur that they had to do 100K in renovations or changes and their is a argument going on between the entities.

  • Lauren S

    We are losing a beloved part of the community and several Decatur families are out of work due to soulless corporate branding. Please let mellow mushroom know if this bothers you! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Mellow-Mushroom-Decatur-Closing/636291696449090

  • John Rambo

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