City Grill, the crown jewel of downtown Atlanta restaurants, closed its doors yesterday.
When I got the terse Hurt Building email yesterday morning, I couldn’t believe it. City Grill and Dailey’s? Where in the world will downtowners have their Christmas luncheons? We already have such a shortage of good restaurants on our side of town. This leaves us with nothing.
Such a shame: great food, very reasonably priced, in a beautiful space. The former home of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, in fact, and I understand the vaults are still back in the kitchen somewhere. When the restaurant opened 20 years ago, about the time the Hurt Building reopened, it gave what was then a tired part of downtown a shine that lasted all these years.
The news settled over me like a death yesterday. In fact, I’m still in the denial phase of my grieving. Not having it there leaves a big gaping hole in our building and our neighborhood.