Proving again that the restaurant business is tough, another new Jewish-owned Chamblee eatery has closed after less than five months in business.
Cafe Bello, a kosher, Mediterranean-themed restaurant owned by Israelis Owen Beno and Israel Rosh at 3665 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, has closed.
The Atlanta Kosher Commission spread the word of the shutdown with a one-sentence notice in its weekly email alert in late October, and, without commenting on the reasons, Rosh confirmed the closure.
Cafe Bello opened at the start of June with a dairy menu meant to present the range of cultural influences on Israel. At least initially, the restaurant drew good crowds, with a ready audience coming from the Chabad Israeli Center Atlanta a little more than a mile north on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road.
The restaurant served breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The owners told the AJT in June that they spent eight months searching for a location and six months preparing the site, where they could not add alcohol to the menu because of the proximity to Chamblee Charter High School.
The restaurant building is available for lease for anyone else who wants to jump into the high-risk business.
The newest kosher restaurant in Toco Hills, the Italian-themed Formaggio Mio, appears to be moving closer to opening with the announcement of a Facebook contest to fill 20 spots at a private menu tasting Tuesday night, Nov. 28. Details on the raffle, although nothing firm on an opening date, are at the restaurant’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/FormaggioMio.