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The restaurant titan and head judge of Top Chef expanded his empire to Atlanta's tony Buckhead area just two years ago, and the city enthusiastically embraced Colicchio's philosophy of celebrating "the very best local and artisanal ingredients prepared simply and executed to perfection," which he had debuted at Craft's first incarnation in New York in 2001. Craft Atlanta received raves from local critics, including four-star reviews in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Alas, this must just be another of those casualties of a bum economy, right? Not so, according to the Journal-Constitution's website. It seems the bald and burly chef was no match for his new landlords, and the two sides couldn't reach an agreement to keep Craft and Craftbar in their current location, across from the Mansion on Peachtree hotel.
It may be more of a loss for Atlanta than Colicchio. After all, his burgeoning empire still includes New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas. Who knows where he'll pop up next?