‘Outpouring of support’ convinces Cowtippers to stay open

Cowtippers – the iconic and LGBT popular restaurant slated to close on Sunday – is getting a new lease on life. Or at least a two-week reprieve on its death sentence.

On Sunday, as Ruby Redd (photo left) and the queens of the restaurant's Heifer Review were performing their final show, Metrotainment brass – the folks who own Cowtippers – said an outpouring of support convinced them to postpone the restaurant's closing.

A Metrotainment spokesperson confirmed in a statement on Monday that Cowtippers would remain open for a few more weeks.

"Based on the outpouring of support from the community, we have decided to remain open at least another two weeks, during which time we will assess what will happen regarding the restaurant."

Metrotainment announced in early January that the Piedmont Avenue restaurant would serve its last meal on Jan. 28 and be used as a private event space until the sale of the property to a developer was finalized.

In a Jan. 10 statement, Metrotainment CEO Jeff Landau thanked patrons for more than two decades of support.

“Metrotainment Cafes can confirm that Cowtippers will unfortunately be closing at the end of this month. The restaurant has been a part of our restaurant group for a very long time, and we’re proud of the more than 20 years we have been in business, but with the changing climate of the city, we are going to close the restaurant and turn our attention to our other successful concepts including Hudson Grille, Einstein’s, Joe’s on Juniper, Hudson FC and Guaco Joe’s,” said Metrotainment Cafes CEO Jeff Landau.

“Metrotainment Cafes still owns the property and we are weighing several options including selling the restaurant and property. In the interim, we will use the space for private events handled by our catering company, Epic Events. We are thankful for the many years of patronage from Atlanta and looking forward to continued success with our other concepts as we continue to grow in this city.” 

UPDATE | Metrotainment now says it's pusing the closing back three weeks – to Feb. 18.

"Due to overwhelming response from the community, we have decided to extend our closing celebration thru February 18th! This will give everyone another chance to say goodbye to Cowtippers, as well as give us a little more time to place staff in our other restaurants. Thank you for all the support, hope to see you soon!"

Photo by Russ Youngblood