The news started bubbling up around town this morning that Athens staple The Grit, one of the restaurants most identified not only with the town but with the townie and music scene, would close. Sometimes this happens, and it’s just the rumor mill. But that wasn’t the case this time, as the restaurant confirmed that Oct. 7 will be its last day in business.
The official Facebook statement read:
To our wonderful customers:
The Grit has been the cornerstone for vegan/vegetarian food in Athens for over 3 decades. We are extremely proud of everything we have accomplished during that time! The restaurant has been there for many a celebration, for graduations galore, family gatherings and so much more.
Unfortunately, things have changed due to the pandemic and we’ve had to reevaluate our business goals. So, it is with heavy hearts, but with a hopeful eye on the future, that we announce that we are closing our doors at the end of evening service on Friday October 7th 2022.
We hope that you will join us during the next few weeks to say a fond farewell.
General manager Jay Totty confirmed via email, too, writing, “Sad — to say the least — but true 🙁 Mostly now just want to do best as possible by our employees and give back just a little bit more to good ol’ Athens before we call it a day.”
Totty also confirmed that Poquitos, a new taco restaurant that the folks behind The Grit are opening in the former Go Bar (owned by the same LLC that owns The Grit’s building), is still going ahead.
There is a fundraiser to support the laid-off staff members here.
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