Rise-n-Dine all-day breakfast restaurant closes on North Decatur Road in Emory Village, Atlanta
Emory Village’s all-day breakfast Rise-n-Dine closes after 13 years on North Decatur Road, citing the devastating financial losses resulting from the pandemic and how the health crisis has been handled by the Trump administration.
Rise-n-Dine closed for food service in March at the start of the pandemic and briefly switched to take out. It never reopened. A post on Instagram says the restaurant planned to repay the money it received from the Payroll Protection Program (P3) by October, which was used to pay rent. The PPP loan, which is part of the federal COVID-19 stimulus package for small businesses, is only canceled if a company re-hires its staff.
“… Trump is winning this battle. His intentional incompetence in handling the pandemic is leading to the shutdown of many of us small independent businesses. The big business associations have an army of lawyers and accountants to find loopholes to make the PPP work and force their owners to reduce the rent, ”the message reads in part. “Our landlord worked with us but didn’t give us any break on rent until December. The rent of $ 8,000 per month is too high to pay for takeout and limited outdoor seating.
Rise-n-Dine’s equipment and supplies are already for sale online, with decor items and restaurant books due to go on sale at a later date. The money will be used to repay the PPP loan and a possible restart of Rise-n-Dine.
The friendly, retro-inspired restaurant, serving sweet potato pancakes, Belgian waffles, and egg sandwiches, was a popular spot for Emory University students and faculty to dine over breakfast and lunch. Before the pandemic, Rise-n-Dine was also a perennial list of Eater Atlanta’s essential breakfast restaurants.
Eater asked for comment on the closure.
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THANKS THANKS THANKS! Thank you for your support and your presence. But we’re finally throwing in the towel, and officially CLOSING. We hope for Rise Again someday, but Trump wins this battle. His intentional incompetence in handling the pandemic is leading to the shutdown of many of us small independent businesses. The large mixed companies have an army of lawyers and accountants to find loopholes to make the PPP work and force their owners to cut the rent. Our landlord worked with us but didn’t give us any break on rent until December. The rent of $ 8,000 per month is too high to pay for takeout and limited outdoor seating. We have PPP, but that’s only forgiven if you bring ALL your colleagues back. We were now hoping to be back with most of our team and have most of our P3 loans canceled. But by making the wearing of a mask a political issue, the administration has dragged this out. Because they’ve made a choice between being socially responsible and waving the flag of personal freedom, even a vaccine isn’t going to end anytime soon, because half of us are afraid to take it. If you miss us, PLEASE VOTE THEM! And thank you for continuing to wear masks and for thinking of others. Enlightened self-interest is almost dead in this country. We don’t know what we’re going to do, having sold the equipment and supplies we can (go to riseatl.com to see our new and used merchandise again for good). Later we will post decor items and books that we will sell to raise money for Rise-n-Dine 2.0 and pay back the PPP loan money we used for rent. Maybe we’ll keep this page to share socially responsible activities and social justice initiatives. George is already consulting a small business and helping a friend with theirs, but Stephanie is going to take a hiatus after 13 years of Rising-n-Dining. We are open to suggestions and opportunities, whether they pay off or allow us to give back to the Rise community we love so much. Stay strong, stay true, do no harm and be you. We love you and more than Sad, we are Happy to have had the joy of creating a place that has welcomed everyone and to get to know so many of you. Good luck ! You can always reach us at [email protected]
Earlier this week, Atlanta-based ice cream company Queen of Cream closed its Poncey-Highland store after a year in Plaza on Ponce, citing “the devastating effects of Covid-19” on the retail side of the company. October also saw the closure of Italian restaurant Donetto in western Atlanta, Ammazza pizza in Decatur, Farm Burger in Peachtree Corners, and happy hour hotspot Tavern at Phipps in Buckhead.