The new Mexican restaurant that’s taking the place of the Decatur Diner at the corner of East Ponce and Church Street is called “Hola Mexican Cantina”, according to its liquor license application on the agenda for tonight’s Decatur City Commission meeting yet.
Rod T notes that the green awnings that long adorned the Atlanta Bread Co. Decatur Diner has come down in prep of the new Mexican Restaurant.
Of course, Tomorrow’s News Today has the scoop…
Mike Brosius, who many in Atlanta will know as the man behind multiple successful linen businesses, is getting back into the restaurant business. Brosius, who in 1992 started Omni Linen, later sold it and started Blockbuster Linen which he in turn sold and started Go! Hospitality which he in turn sold, which he sold this past fall. As the name Go! Hospitality suggests, the business caters to the hospitality industry. Clearly Brosius has a knack for the linen business, but he and his wife Lauri also opened a total of four Cinco Mexican Cantina eateries before selling them. All four of the Cinco eateries were rather far out in locales such as Alpharetta, Cumming, Suwanee and in Smyrna at Akers Mill.
Dave reported in this morning to say that Decatur Diner was closed and that there were reports of another restaurant taking its place. Can’t confirm that, but another Dave followed up this afternoon with this photo and stated…
Closed sign on door. Door open, lights off.
UPDATE: The Schmacher group has announced the sale on its website. It reads in part…
The Shumacher Group, Inc. and Steven Josovitz represented the Seller Nahidul Khan in transaction. Irving Jacobson of The Shumacher Group, Inc. Co-Broker deal with Mr. Josovitz representing Buyers Mike Brocius. Mike plans are to convert space to a full service hi quality hi energy Mexican restaurant and bar with a street food twist and exciting patio service.
This business was just sold in October but new absentee owner has no full service experience and not capable of growing or manage business thus reason for sale. This is one of the hottest corners in all of Metro Atlanta with incredible visibility, frontage hi traffic car and foot traffic at the intersection of Church and Ponce.
In case anyone has ANY energy left to follow this, here ya go…
Decatur Diner located at 205 East Ponce De Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030-3405 at Church Street in the heart of Downtown Decatur. This business was just sold in October but new absentee owner has no full service experience and not able to grow or manage business thus reason for sale. This is one of the hottest corners in all of Metro Atlanta with incredible visibility, frontage hi traffic car and foot traffic at the intersection of Church and Ponce.
LooneyMooney points to this extensive article about business practices at Decatur Diner from Atlanta’s Hispanic news source, Mundo Hispanico today. Here’s a blurb that’s been translated by Google Translate…
Workers say a restaurant for over two months without receiving their wages.
At least 10 Diner Decatur Hispanic workers say this restaurant is not been paid in five weeks.
In addition, most of them claim that their employer paid six dollars an hour, when the minimum wage by law is 7.50.
These workers MundoHispánico told the restaurant owners have promised to pay off your debt on several occasions but that such agreements are only promises.
If anyone wants to provide a better translation, they’re welcome to.
If you weren’t around for the related Crescent Moon saga a couple years back, you can get caught up HERE.