Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Former cook alleges restaurant failed to pay him overtime.
A former cook of the Kirkwood Bar & Grill has filed a federal lawsuit against the restaurant, claiming it failed to pay him overtime money he is owed. Quentin Gibson, a Clayton County resident who worked at the restaurant from October 2012 to Dec. 21, 2012, is seeking the overtime pay, plus damages equal to that amount and attorneys' fees. Gibson filed the lawsuit Jan. 30 in the U.S. District Court's Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta. "From on or about October 2012 through December 21, 2012, Defendants willfully failed to compensate Plaintiff at an hourly rate above or equal to the minimum wage as established in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act," the complaint alleges. "He would work 70-hour weeks and get paid a straight…
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Also, Spoon Eastside makes an 'A' in this week's look at recent health inspection scores for East Atlanta restaurants.
Some 2½ weeks after getting a failing health inspection score, the Kirkwood Bar & Grill received a 76 — the equivalent of a "C" from the DeKalb County Board of Health's follow-up review Jan. 3. The controversial establishment was cited on nine violations, down from the 12 found Dec. 18. Among the violations found Jan. 3, the inspector observed: Here are some other recent health inspection scores performed by DeKalb County and the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness for restaurants in our community. Readers can click on the score to see the actual report:
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Patch rounds up some recent health inspection scores for East Atlanta Patch restaurants.
For the second time this year, the Kirkwood Bar & Grill failed its health inspection. The Kirkood eatery, which has had its share of neighborhood drama regarding its business operations, scored a 61 on the inspection conducted on Dec. 18. Among the inspector's 12 cited violations, the restaurant with health regulations that required: The 61 score was a 22 point drop from its Aug. 3 inspection. And it was 5 points lower that the failing score it received May 23 from the DeKalb County Board of Health. Here are some recent health inspection scores performed by the DeKalb County Board of Health and the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness for restaurants in our community. Readers can click on the score to read the actual report: …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
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.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The eatery, reopened just a couple of months ago, is now closed again.
The opened-then-closed-then-reopened Kirkwood Bar & Grill is now closed again. The closure of the restaurant at 1963 Hosea L. Williams Dr. NE, follows owner David Johnson's failure to bring his lease current with Southeast Holdings LLC, which filed a lawsuit against him for back rent. In July he agreed to a series of payments on a schedule through Oct. 15 that would have brought it current, but he failed to do that leading a default judgment on Sept. 24 for the $31,000 in back rent he owed and subsequent seizure of the property. John Turpin, an Inman Park-based developer and builder and principal of Southeast Holdings, told East Atlanta Patch the property is being marketed to potential tenants. "We're really looking forward to finding the …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Controversial bar is back in business.
Three weeks after a judge overturned a _liquor license denial_ for the Kirkwood Bar & Grill, the controversial sports-themed eatery says its back in business. "Serving all your favorite beverages," the restaurant tweeted to its 256 followers. "The bar is now open. KBG 'where the fun just happens!' " Bar owner David Johnson has been at odds with many in Kirkwood who said he flouted general neighborhood rules and those governing the Kirkwood Station, the retail and residential mixed-used complex in the heart of the community. The Kirkwood Bar & Grill is an anchor business in Kirkwood Station. Anna Knipfer, president of the Kirkwood Station's homeowners association, declined comment on advice of the organization's attorney. But one …
Monday, July 2, 2012
City has 10 days from July 2 to give license.
A Fulton County Superior Court Judge overturned Mayor Kasim Reed's denial of a liquor license to a Kirkwood bar owner on Monday. Judge John J. Goger's order requires the city grant the Kirkwood Bar & Grill and its owner, David Johnson, the license no later than July 12. "The judge ruled there was no evidence to deny him the license," Johnson's attorney, Alan I. Begner, told East Atlanta Patch Monday. "I’m happy and so is David." A spokeswoman for Reed said the city is studying how it will respond. "The City will carefully review Judge Goger's order when it is entered and will then determine the appropriate next steps," Sonji Jacobs Dade told Patch. The bar had been dark for several days, fueling speculation that it closed. Begner said it …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Embattled restaurant, cited for number of repeat violations, must fix all by June 7th.
The Kirkwood Bar & Grill, whose owner is embroiled in several controversies with his Kirkwood neighbors, can add another problem to his list: A failed health inspection. The restaurant received a score of 66, or U for unsatisfactory, following a May 23rd inspection by the DeKalb County Board of Health food service establishment inspector. The restaurant was cited for several violations of the health code, including several repeat offenses. One repeat offense — which restaurant officials corrected onsite — was a side door the inspector found that was left open. The risk there is that an open door allows vermin, such as insects and rodents as well as other animals to enter the restaurant. Health code says doors are to be closed at all times…
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Restaurant owner gets 60-day delay because he says his father is dying.
David Johnson, the owner of the Kirkwood Bar & Grill has had his tinted windows case rescheduled for the third time. Johnson's attorney, Alan I. Begner, asked for the hearing to be rescheduled because Johnson's father, who lives in California, is dying. Atlanta Municipal Court before Chief Judge Crystal A. Gaines rescheduled the hearing to May. In February, Johnson had the case rescheduled to March 12 because he said Begner could not attend the proceeding. The case centers on Johnson's use of reflective tinting in the windows of the bar at 1963 Hosea L. Williams Dr. NE. Neighbors say it violates city codes regulating commercial districts because reflective tint doesn't allow a view of what's going on inside. It also violates the bylaws …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
In 57-page filing, bar owner David Johnson says Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was wrong to deny him a liquor license.
The owner of the Kirkwood Bar & Grill appealed Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's rejection of his liquor license for the embattled establishment, which has been conduit for controversy for nearly a year. In a 57-page filing, Alan I. Begner, who represents bar owner David Johnson, alleges that Reed made numerous errors in denying the liquor license in January. The appeal, filed Feb. 24 in Fulton County Superior Court, follows Begner's Feb. 17 letter to the mayor asking him to reconsider the Jan. 26 rejection. "Mayor Reed has grossly abused his discretion and failed to perform his official duty to issue an alcohol license to Mr. Johnson and Kirkwood, which failure has caused a defect of legal justice," the filing reads. "Mayor Reed's denial of an …