Mamanoes ... and Mama-Goes

As short-lived Midtown grocery shop exits town, a new Roaring Twenties-inspired nightclub and dessert lounge targets a November opening in the Midtown Promenade shopping center.

Well, that didn’t last long. Roughly five weeks or so after it opened for business in Midtown, Mamanoes Grocery Shop has apparently shuttered its doors.

That’s the report Monday night from What Now Atlanta, which spoke recently with construction workers near the space at Peachtree and 10th streets who confirmed the closing.

Mamanoes owner Antonio Boyd could not be reached for comment, but the windows for the “old-school but upscale bodega” had been blocked from public view for more than a week.

Many readers were unimpressed with the new grocery shop by way of their comments on a Midtown Patch story about Mamanoes last month. Poor lighting and an unappealing presentation of goods were just two of the complaints of the store that was housed in the former Jocks & Jills Sports Grill space.

With its wheelbarrows and antique stove and such, the interior actually had a look reminiscent of a general store from the early 20th century. And just down 10th Street, it looks as if the Roaring Twenties could be returning to Midtown.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported Monday that a new nightclub and dessert lounge - Gatsby’s - is scheduled to open in the former 3-Legged Cowboy space in the Midtown Promenade shopping center at 10th and Monroe Drive.

“Think of flappers, songstresses and black-and-white movie showings,” reports the ABC. See here for more on what to expect from this new addition to the Midtown scene.

John October 16, 2012 at 01:04 PM
This guy is really opening a bar in Midtown Promenade? Wow. http://georgia.arrests.org/Arrests/Eric_Claxton_8450605/ Nice judgement.
John October 16, 2012 at 01:08 PM
And another one....wow. http://georgia.arrests.org/Arrests/Eric_Claxton_7056122/
SIM October 16, 2012 at 01:08 PM
What the hell is a wheelbarrel?
Cassandra October 16, 2012 at 01:40 PM
pop up shop?
Marc Acampora October 16, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Are we surprised about Mamanoes? It was over-priced and under-stocked. But, I think another issue, which is relevant to other Midtown projects, notably the very quiet for a long time Novare project at 6th and Juniper, is the need for a sense of permanence. Places that feel temporary, or just slapped up to make a quick buck, do not inspire investment or long-term clientele. Places that succeed feel permanent, well made, well designed, planned for the ages, timeless.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Distant cousin of the wheelbarrow I think :)
Urbanist October 16, 2012 at 02:05 PM
No suprise, re: Mamanoes. The Novare project at 6th & Juniper - are you referring to what will basically be an addition to the Viewpoint? Re: Places that feel temporary, and just slapped up to make a quick buck = everything Novare has ever built.
JM Hurricane October 16, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I feel bad for anyone in this economy to invest capital and fail but Mamanoes was just plain weird.
John Henderson October 16, 2012 at 02:48 PM
it never made sense to begin with. I stopped in walking from the Marta station and it was like walking into a gas station from 1963
Tammy October 16, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Perhaps a felony is required to operate in that location. Remember Hoedowns and Ben Elliott? http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2171698/posts
Sarah October 16, 2012 at 03:19 PM
After viewing Mamanoes website, I wasn't expecting much and was still disappointed. The site is riddled with spelling error and never mentioned the new Atlanta location. The concept was a good one but the execution was poor.
John October 16, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Wow....a child molesting owner who also loves himself: http://www.facebook.com/eric.c.claxton/photos_stream
Marc Acampora October 16, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Urbanist, yes. I like that they are lining 6th and Juniper with retail frontage. But, I am concerned that it will feel like what it is, an afterthought to appease rather than quality space. I also think the dog park frontage on 7th is ill advised and should continue with retail frontage or have a patio for a restaurant.
Urbanist October 17, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Agree with that. Most of what Novare builds (and it's not just Novare) winds up wiping out half a block or more of space for parking garages, and therfore kills any future that a particular section of a block has at becomign a vibrant and engaging streetfront. It also doesn't help that virtually everything the build looks like it was slapped together by a 6 year old playing with some concrete blocks.
Tim October 17, 2012 at 01:33 PM
John, I wish it was like a gas station from 1963 - now that would have been cool!
Ikeahacker October 17, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Hilarious. My thoughts exactly.


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