Kirkwood Bar & Grill: Back in Business?

Closed since Tuesday, embattled restaurant reopened Friday.

The Kirkwood Bar & Grill, which was shuttered earlier this week, is reopened — at least for now.

David Johnson, the owner of the eatery which has been at the center of nearly a year-long row in Kirkwood, failed to pay back rent owed to the building owner Southeastern Properties LLC.

That led to a summary judgment against him late last month — and a shutdown — at least since Tuesday of this week.

On Friday night, however, the restaurant was open for business.

Johnson was not immediately available for comment Friday night.

Kwood Puff October 06, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Peralte: Can you ask John Turpin, the landlord, the following questions: 1) Why does he continue to let this business jerk him around and constantly go through this cycle of non-payment? The writing is on the wall, this business will fail. Wouldn't he want to just close this chapter, cut his losses, and then attract something stable that fits the neighborhood? 2) Is he aware that KBG's business license is non-compliant, and will be subject to dissolution soon? He has no registered agent, and he was using one for a year without their knowledge and they sent him a cease and desist letter. It's right there on the Sec of State's website. http://corp.sos.state.ga.us/corp/soskb/Corp.asp?1729139 3) Why does he continue to allow the business to violate Kirkwood Station's tenant covenants, namely, staying open past 11? Thanks for all that you do Peralte.
Tameka Dunton October 06, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Kwood Puff do you want this spot yourself.You know a lot about his business why are you too concern?This isn't about our neighborhood. is it.you just wish you thought of his idea first.get for real get a life.theres a vacant spot next door.take it
Parent@Coan October 07, 2012 at 01:56 AM
The only reason anyone in kirkwood has a problem with KB&G is because it is owned by a black man. Racism is an underline problem in kirkwood. They have for years came into the community did what they wanted to do and not take into the concideration of the older blacks in the community. They smile in your face but have community meetings where the talk about and laugh at us. Its sad but so true.
Nick M October 07, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Parent@Coan, you might want to look into the facts of the matter before you accuse an entire community made up of a majority of blacks, and black business owners of racism.
Kirkwood Resident October 07, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Sad when your only counter argument you can make is that all the white people in kirkwood are racist. Why would white people move to a majority black neighborhood if they were racist? They could move to any number of white neighborhoods. You are hurting and insulting the very people who are most likely the ones that help support diversity and fight racism. Can't you see that? You are the one crating a stereotype. You are becoming what you despise the most.
Come On Man October 08, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Enough of the political correctness. I am quite sick of having to watch what I say all the time because it may offend someone. So you know what, I am going to say what is on my mind and political correctness be damned. The business is a sham and has been from day one of opening its doors. It was opened on lies and continues to operate on lies. I am so sick and tired of black people screaming racism when it comes to this place. It is a failure because the owner does not care about health scores, serving quality food and being a part of a community where he has a business. It amazes me how the argument from black people always plays the race card. It is has never been an argument from any of the white community but always from the black. Kirkwood residents can care less what color a person is who owns a business as long as they abide by the law and are a viable part of the community. To all the black people who cry racism when it comes to this bad remake of "Groundhog Day" (look it up if you don't know the movie) quit and quit now. Take a long look in the mirror and what you will see is a racist yourself. Yes, black people can be racist and some scream it loud and clear. It is a two way street. Racism happens in all communties so please stop blaming white people for Kirkwood Bar & Grills woes!!!
Sophist October 08, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Parent@Coan, The black owned business Le Petit Marché two doors down from Bar & Grill is packed with whites every single day they hang their open sign. Your hypothesis is an embarrassing failure.
Parent@Coan October 08, 2012 at 04:52 PM
To say that I patronize Le Petit so I'm not a racist is just like saying I have A black friend so I'm not a racist. How many of your friends went to KB&G, or go to Langford, or Isreal church known black establishments? Certain business cater to certain groups, thats fine, but it just seems this business never had a chance. No all white people in Kirkwood are racist BUT some are. We are not going to live and work like they did on "ALLEY McBEAL" (look it up if you don't know the show) you just can't get ride of something just because one group doesn't like it. We are not allowed to voice our opinions or concerns when a business we like is on the verge of closing (and yes I know about his finincial situation). If we like it, shouldn't we be aloud to say so or save it? YOU would.
Sophist October 08, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I think you're wrongly arguing race when the issues surrounding KB&G are that of illegal activities, such as drunken fights and weapons discharge. Another persistent issue is that of the business breaking the Kirkwood Station home owner's association by-laws which their landlord (John Turpin - white guy) agreed to obey. KB&G is required to close by 11pm. The business operates routinely past 2am in violation of the HOA contract. Remember, people live in the townhouses above this establishment and they were there long before Mr. Johnson moved his disruptive business in. If Mr. Johnson would close by 11pm like he is supposed to and rid his business of the drunk brawlers, there would be no issues with his business at all. Whites don't give a crap about his skin color; he needs to fix his problematic business and start being a good neighbor.
kirkwood roots October 08, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Have you ever been to the community meetings, to make your voice heard? The Kirkwood Neighbors Org meetings are open to all and they're held at Turner Monumental Church - an African Methodist Episcopal Church. All of the meeting minutes from 2005 forward are available online, in case you'd like to see what is really discussed.
Women of color November 05, 2012 at 04:19 PM
As a black person who knows the owner, this man is a total jerk. He is really a nasty person. Every criticism is not race related. If the race card is always thrown up we as a community lose credibility. The place failed several inspections and the owner is a degenerate. Stop using the race card!
Earl Williamson, RN November 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM
What Kirkwood Bar & Grill brings to the community - From the Atlanta Police Department: "On 11/10/12 at approx 11:20 pm, an APD officer was working an extra job at 1963 Hosea Williams [Kirkwood Bar & Grill]. He stated that the driver ran over cones in his parking lot which caught the officer's attention. He walked over to the vehicle and smelled Marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. He ordered the driver to sit tight. The driver was moving as if he was reaching for something inside the vehicle. The officer drew his gun on the subject and ordered the male to quit reaching. The male would not stop moving. More APD units arrived and the subject sped out of the parking lot, almost hitting an officer. The Officer jumped onto another vehicle and injured his knee in the process to avoid being hit. The suspect’s vehicle struck a police vehicle and four other cars in the street while attempting to flee the officers. The vehicle struck a utility pole and flipping the vehicle upside down. Suspects were pulled out of the vehicle. Inside of the vehicle in the compartment underneath the driver's side seat was a sandwich bag with 6 grams of marijuana. The driver was arrested for aggravated assault, misdemeanors and traffic charges. The subject was taken into custody at Grady Hospital. The passenger did not have any charges and was released at Atlanta Medical. "
Robert Lane November 15, 2012 at 10:58 PM
KBG has looked close when I've driven by between 4pm and 5pm, both yesterday (Weds 11/14) and today (Thurs 11/15). Anybody know whether it's actually closed, and if so, why?


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