UPDATED: Dante's Down the Hatch Closing Its Doors to Make Way for High-Rise

Well, it's down the hatch for Dante's, the legendary and iconic restaurant known for good times.

The iconic 42-year-old restaurant, Dante's Down the Hatch, will close its doors soon to make room for a new high-rise apartment building, scheduled to break ground next spring.

Just this month, owner Dante Stephensen was inducted into the Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame for his creation of such a unique and beloved Atlanta hotspot and his continued and unwavering superior customer service.

Atlantic Realty Partners, Inc., the same firm demolishing Georgian Hills Apartments to make room for newer apartments, announced Thursday that it had entered an agreement with Dante's to acquire and redevelop the site to build a 10-story, 288-unit apartment building, according to Buckhead View.

What will you miss most about Dante's Down the Hatch? What are your thoughts about the restaurant being replaced by another high-rise apartment building? Tell us below in the comments.

Atlantic Realty Partners is expected to submit its redevelopment plans for the two-acre parcel to the City of Atlanta in the next two weeks and to break ground for the development in the spring of 2013, Buckhead View reports.

The development team met with the Development Review Committee SPI-12 (Special Public Interest District) on Nov. 7 and plans to return to the DRC's December meeting with its new plans including suggested changes made by DRC members.

The development is expected to include several green standards, like being LEED-certified and including energy-efficient appliances and lighting. Other amenities will include: a rooftop resort-style pool, deck and grill cabana, large fitness center, cyber lounge, and Skydeck overlooking Peachtree Road.

Buckhead Patch has left messages for both Atlantic Realty Partners and Dante Stephensen and will update this article as more information is made available.

UPDATE: The press release from Atlantic Realty Parnters is now attached.

Cynthia Altshuler January 07, 2013 at 02:22 AM
So sad to hear this news! We have visited Dante's several times while in Atlanta. We LOVE Dante's! Can't beat the great atmosphere, live jazz, fondue, great staff and of course, Dante himself! Will have to make a trip to Atlanta for one last Night at Dante's!
James P January 10, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Visited there a few weeks back; one on many great evenings I enjoyed. One of my favorite restaurants. WIsh there was a way to relocate or rebuild (What do you say Dante?). Thanks for the memories (smile). James
Sharon May 29, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Just learned that Dante's is closing and very sad to know! We got engaged at the Underground Atlanta location in 1977 and Dante came by our table to congratulate us & gave us a small bottle of wine (we still have it!). Years later we visited the Buckhead location and Dante chatted with us again and found a 1977 engraved DDTH glass for us! We loved the fondue, the jazz music and the "romantic" atmosphere. Good memories - Thanks & Best Wishes to Dante -Sharon
S. Polk June 07, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Are they crazy? What are they thinking? They're only thinking about $$$$ and themselves! An Atlanta institution lost forever in the name of another generic new building...really? The unique and diverse treasures of Atlanta, specifically Buckhead, are going away one by one. The area is attractive because of unique historical places like this (although there is no other place like Dante's). If they are all taken away, this appeal and character will be lost forever. No one but the selfish developers want Dante's to go away. What a shame! It just won't be Buckhead if these developers destroy everything and build new stuff it will be just a bunch of new stuff....like everywhere else. As a native Atlantan who grew up in Buckhead, it breaks my heart and at the same time and angry. I am actually much more angry and pissed than I am expressing. Go find a location which needs to be destroyed and rebuilt. Atlanta has lots of those places and this isn't one of them! I feel so ripped of by money hungry developers in my neighborhood and in Buckhead. Look at Roswell to see how to do it right! They keep the old and have built a really neat attractive area to visitors and residents. Business is booming there and I love going there! Buckhead is really screwing up by destroying all the old character well loved places...look at Roswell's model. They are doing it right!!!! Shame on you (aka damn you €%#¥£@& ers) for taking our beloved Dante's. For all the memories, thank you Dante!
timcox July 02, 2013 at 03:51 AM
WHAT ABOUT THE BAND? THESE ARE MUSICIANS Whose lives are being disrupted ... the John Robertson Quartet featuring Rosemary, have plied the trades and talents at Dante's for 20-plus years, along with the late Paul Mitchell. Not enough commentary or thought has been placed on these talented workers. Atlanta, a major US city, is already void of authentic jazz music. Dante's was one of a limited number of city venues where you can listen/watch authenic, real jazz musicians and that fine lady singer, Rosemary Rainey. Hopefully, some upscale Buckhead restaurant will realize that it's the music that helped make Dante's an American treasure. I live in DC, but if I owned an eatery in Buckhead, I would not hesitate hiring John Robertson's band to be my weeklong featured act. They play quietly, smoothly and they dress very professionally, because they are professionals. Good luck pianoman John; Edwin on bass and drummerman Terry ... and please keep the band as a unit. I'll spread the good news up here in Washington, DC and perhaps one of my contemporaries will be calling on you all to perform during a Congressional event. Stay true to the game, keeping real jazz alive.


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