Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Um, we think Shaun's is closed. Like right now.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 7:51 PM

UPDATE: Shaun's is no more.

As you might recall, we reported last week that beloved Inman Park bistro Shaun's was planning to close on Dec. 18.

Is it December already? No? That's weird, because it appears Shaun's is closed today.

The doors are locked and lights are off and there's no sign or anything now a sign letting people know that this is the end.

In an interview posted yesterday on Atlanta Magazine's Covered Dish blog, Chef Shaun Doty expanded on his earlier claim that what Atlanta needs right now are more affordable dining options, like his more modestly priced Yeah! Burger:

"Based upon some serious market research, I believe there is a substantial, unmet need for fast-casual, modern, chef-driven concepts. Yeah! Burger is just the first of the type of concepts I’m considering. You have to eat but you don’t have to spend $30 on a meal."

I'm sad about burgers and their stranglehold on the city. (Yes, we're talking to you, too, Richard Blais.) But this isn't just an Atlanta phenomenon. Burger mania is everywhere!

Well, it's in New York at least. Which is pretty much everywhere.

Check out this char-grilled bummer: New York magazine had a piece just this past week called "Burger Survival: Upscale restaurateurs now flipping for patties."

Here's the kicker ...

The recession hasn’t been easy on fine dining in the city, and its purveyors are clinging to their buns to survive. Whether it’s a stand-in-a-queue spot like [Danny Meyer's] Shake Shack, a large table-service eatery like Stephen Hanson’s Bill’s Bar & Burger—one opened last fall in the meatpacking district, another just opened in Rockefeller Center—or an intimate dining room like John McDonald’s Burger & Barrel, which opened October 14 on Houston and Mercer, all around the city trendy big-name restaurateurs have set their recessionary sights on a single concept: the burger joint.

Please Shaun/Richard/Danny/Stephen/John. We beg of you. Loosen your grip on your buns.

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