Woodfire Grill announces it will close next month
Woodfire Grill, the restaurant that rose to national prominence under former head chef Kevin Gillespie, will be closing next month.
Owner Nicolas Quinones announced on the company’s Facebook page that the restaurant’s last day in business will be May 20. The restaurant opened in 2002.
Quinones bought the restaurant when Gillespie’s mentor, former owner Michael Tuohy, moved to California. Gillespie became Executive Chef, but the business struggled. Gillespie’s appearance on celebrity cooking show “Top Chef” in 2009 turned the restaurant’s fortunes around, leading to months-long waiting lists.
In 2013, Gillespie left to open Gunshow Atlanta’s Glenwood Park neighborhood in 2013. This summer he will open a new restaurant in Decatur called Revival.
Quinones said things have slowed down at the restaurant in recent years.
“My motivation to prepare wholesome food raised ethically and to serve it with love is resolute, and non negotiable,” he wrote. “Sadly, for the last two years, revenues have decreased and no longer support the elevated service and cuisine that I am altogether committed to. My sustainable restaurant is no longer sustainable.”
He thanked the restaurant’s staff and his guests, inviting them in for one last meal.
“Come on in for dinner,” Quinones wrote. “There is a pretty good list of wines that I’d like to get into.”