Last time I begrudgingly visited Shaun's, I found it exceedingly empty for a weekend night. So taking into account the relative popularity of his Yeah Burger! business, I can't say I'm surprised that Shaun's is closing. Once a favorite restaurant of mine, Shaun's has long been dead to me after an epic New Year's disaster never to be forgotten.
Ooh, does that mean I can expect an exciting new restaurant in that spot? Please please please let it not be southern farm to table!
Here’s the press release from Melissa Libby and Associates:
Oct. 20, 2010 – Shaun Doty announced today that he is closing his four-year-old Shaun’s Restaurant after dinner on Sunday, Dec. 18. Doty plans to concentrate his time on the Yeah! Burger restaurants he and partner Erik Maier have opened in Atlanta.
“This was a hard decision in many ways,” Doty said. “But I believe it is better to focus my energy right now.”
“Yeah! Burger really speaks to my passion at this point in my life,” said Doty, the father of two sons, 7 and 11 months. “I like that it’s a place I can take my family and feel good about eating there. It has taken all the principles of the food at Shaun’s – fresh, quality ingredients purchased from people I know – and made it affordable,” he added.
Shaun’s will remain open with regular hours until the closing date. Doty does not rule out starting another fine dining restaurant or re-opening in the future.