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Another Suwanee Restaurant Closes: Cafe Gourmandises

The French-themed eatery on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard is no longer in business. Share your thoughts on a possible replacement.

It's getting dangerous for Suwanee restaurants.

Cafe Gourmandises, which once billed itself as the "best French restaurant in Atlanta," has closed. The suite, in a plaza in the 600 block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, is vacant, with no postings to indicate reasons or a possible reopening elsewhere.

The cafe offered gourmet-themed entrees and sweet treats.

Chef and owner Christophe Houy was born in France and graduated Versailles Culinary school at the age of 18. He also was a Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts before opening Gourmandises in Suwanee, according to a Suwanee Patch review.

This comes at a time when Olde Towne Tavern & Grille, not far away at Suwanee Town Center, closed in a bankruptcy proceeding.

Also, commercial space in Suwanee still is plentiful, with a vacancy rate of about 18 percent.

-- How do you feel about Cafe Gourmandises closing? Should a restaurateur consider such a location? Share your views in the comments below.

See also:

  • Visions for Vacancies: What Should Go in Suwanee Town Center?

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CM December 28, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Cafe Gourmandises closed several weeks ago, well before Olde Towne. The owner had let his regular customers know at least several days in advance. Great place, excellent meringues!
Steve Burns December 28, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Thanks, CM. I just became aware of it this week.
CM December 28, 2012 at 03:08 PM
The restaurants and shops in plazas like that along PIB have a big challenge because if you pass them by, especially at morning/evening drive time, it is not easy at all to turn around and get back to them.
Rick Smith December 28, 2012 at 03:34 PM
It is always disheartening to see a small business owner have to close the doors. What is left unsaid is that the dreams and hopes of the owner, and all the enthusiasm that no doubt accompanied the opening of the business are also left locked up in the dark behind those closed doors. It is sad that our economy has become so difficult for so long, but I'm afraid we are only in the beginning stages of a much more severe second recession, having never really recovered from the last one. The dumb masses of the general public have just become part of our new entitlement society, where hard work and success are no longer celebrated, and profit has become an evil thing that needs to be taxed more. The restaurant business has always been a difficult one, and with all the regulations and rules imposed on all sizes of businesses, will probably be a business venture that only the well-funded large corporations can afford to participate in. One final thought - the next time someone suggests a raise in the minimum wage, remember that it is businesses like this that often pay the ultimate price for that unjustified raise.
BC January 18, 2013 at 12:41 PM
The main reason the cafe closed was due to the departure of Jennifer [ pastry chef ]. The male was rude, a know-it-all and really rubbed people the wrong way. It was more the attitude of the chef, and not the economy that made this place close. When a person thinks they are on top of the world; they have to remember who helped them get there. Jennifer was the main reason people patronized the restaurant and not so much the food because it wasn't that great!

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