Bar One in Atlanta has certainly had it’s shares of ups and downs over the years. If y’all think my commenting rules are harsh, you should check out Peter’s rules for sitting down in his establishment. Then there was the constant drama with his landlord. It seems that Peter was making his rent payments to the landlord, but the landlord was not making his mortgage payments to the bank! So the property went into foreclosure. Peter put an offer in to buy the property but it seems the offer was not accepted so now they have to move. Peter repeatedly tried to work something out with the owner before it got to that point but at least from Peter’s perspective the owner was uncooperative. To make matters worse, after Peter decided to rent the space across the street from the same owner and move Cynthia’s Bailey agency into it along with another tenant issues arose again. This time there was some sort of zoning issue with the city. So according to Rodney Ho of the AJC, Cynthia moved back into her original space that she still maintained back in November.
So, last night I received some information that a bartender at Bar One was talking about his last night at work before the bar shuts down for good on Saturday. It was assumed that Bar One was closing forever. But it is not. Peter has already secured another Atlanta property and is simply moving to a new location. And what better time to do that, than when the Real Housewives of Atlanta is taping, right?
Rodney Ho spoke with Cynthia who had the following to say about the situation at Bar One to the AJC blogger.
She also acknowledged that Grant Park neighbors weren’t a big fan of the club. “We had a lot of problems,” she said. “It’s a residential neighborhood and people didn’t like the music and cars. People were always complaining. The sad thing is Bar One had been doing extremely well. People loved it. It had become a tourist attraction.”
He (Peter Thoma) did find a new space in downtown Atlanta on Auburn Ave. but it may take two or three months to open. “The new place we have to totally gut and redo,” she said. She said they both love the fact it’s an historically black neighborhood with plenty of black business owners. “It’s nice to be embraced,” she said.
So fear not, Bar One fans, Bar One Atlanta will be back better than ever in time for summer. Perhaps.
Peter opened up Sports One in Charlotte, North Carolina just last month with Kordell Stewart and plans to open another Bar One in Charlotte soon.
Do you think Peter is trying to do too many things at once? Or has he finally found his rhythm in the bar and lounge industry?