Jenny Levison has closed her Buckhead juice bar, Juicy Jenny, whose final day on East Andrews Drive was Friday, July 1.
In an announcement June 30, Levison blamed her difficult decision to close the 3-year-old eatery on the economics of cold-pressing 5 pounds of produce into every 16-ounce serving of juice. “The costs of labor, overhead and organics was just not balancing with the price I felt we could charge and I did not want to lower the quality of what we were producing.”
Levison promised to incorporate juice operations into one of her Souper Jenny locations, which recently won the AJT’s Best in Jewish Atlanta survey for Jewish-owned nonkosher restaurants. She said Souper Jenny also will give more consideration to its vegan and gluten-free options.
The Juicy Jenny closing continues a year of change for Levison, who also closed her Cafe Jonah operation and moved her flagship Souper Jenny location from its original home on East Andrews Drive to the Atlanta History Center.
In announcing the Juicy Jenny closing, Levison said that spending time back in a Souper Jenny kitchen reminded her why she got into the business. “I am extremely passionate about good food, good people and nourishing our community through sitting around the table and sharing an experience. I promise that we will always strive to take care of each of you as if I were receiving you in my home.”
Canteen for the General
Chef Todd Ginsberg and his restaurant partners, Ben and Jennifer Johnson and Shelley Sweet, are taking over the Midtown space of the recently closed Spence, which was chef Richard Blais’ showcase for four years.
The partners behind the acclaimed General Muir plan to open a food hall called The Canteen at 75 Fifth St. in early 2017. The space will contain outlets of their Fred’s Meat & Bread and Israeli-themed Yalla, whose original locations are at Krog Street Market.
The Canteen also will offer TGM Bagel — a General Muir spinoff that should appeal to the nearby Georgia Tech crowd with its focus on breakfast items, including bagels baked on site and Batdorf & Bronson coffee — and Square Bar, which will serve juices and smoothies by day and booze by night.
In a statement published by Eater Atlanta, Ginsberg said The Canteen is meant to be a community hub with a variety of foods and price points to appeal to the various people in the neighborhood.