Food News: Mellow Mushroom shuts it down and Zuzu’s time is running out

After just five months in business on Henderson Avenue, Atlanta based Mellow Mushroom is closing, reports Culture Map. The trendy restaurant strip has a glut of pizza places, with Pie Tap, Fireside Pies and Louie’s all competing for pizza-bound customers. The location formerly housed Hacienda on Henderson, but it sat vacant for almost three years before Mellow Mushroom’s brief stint.

In another blow for lower-priced dinner options in Lakewood, Zuzu Handmade Mexican Food is moving from Mockingbird and Abrams after 25 years in business at that location. According to Chicho Andrade, a manager at Zuzu, a rent hike made it impossible for them to continue doing business at Lakewood Village.

“We will probably be in this location until the first week of August,” he says. He reports that when the grocery store closed on that corner, business took a hit. “It is hard to maintain business when the rent goes up.”

Andrade says the restaurant is looking to move to Medallion Shopping Center at Skillman and Northwest Highway, where rents are cheaper, but that it might take a while to find a place. “We would love to stay here,” he says. “But that’s the way it is.”


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