ATHENS, Ga. — A beloved staple of the Athens restaurant scene announced Thursday that it will permanently close after 36 years.
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The Grit specializes in vegan and vegetarian food, and occupies a historic building on Prince Avenue that was once owned by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. The restaurant was founded in 1986 and published a cookbook in 2001. In 2020, the Grit was one of the first Athens restaurants to convert a side street into a parklet where guests could dine during the pandemic.
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“Unfortunately, things have changed due to the pandemic and we’ve had to reevaluate our business goals,” owners wrote on Facebook. “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.”
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General Manager Jay Totty told the Athens Banner-Herald that the Grit’s staff was notified before the announcement was made.
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