Cozy Gilbert's, the gay-friendly cafe and bar wedged between Blake's and an expanding roster of gay nightspots, closed this week. Why? To nip, tuck and transform itself into a fresh competitor.
The gays flock to the Midtown mainstay from owners Sean and Gilbert Yeremyan, partying into the night and even celebrating fallen friends. But its owners say it's time for a change after 14 years. So they partied on Sunday night, closed on Monday and teased about what's to come:
Longtime Atlanta favorite, Gilbert’s Café & Bar is beginning a new and exciting chapter. After serving the Midtown neighborhood for 14 years, the restaurant will cease to be Gilbert’s on Monday, December 2 and open doors as G’s, a new American gastropub, on Saturday, December 7. Owners Sean and Gilbert Yeremyan are renovating the space, updating the décor and introducing a new menu full of comfort food favorites by executive chef Javier Viera.
“We are so proud to be a part of such a wonderful community,” said Gilbert Yeremyan. “While we have always made changes over the years to improve Gilbert’s, we made the decision to start something completely new and reopen as G’s. We adapted to bring the experience our guests’ demand with new food and drinks to enjoy a fun, dynamic energy that is G’s. The change represents a renaissance of sorts with new talents, new ideas and new tastes for our guests to enjoy.”
This is the same crew that refashioned a bankrupt Outwrite Bookstore into 10th & Piedmont, grabbing a slice of gay nightlife along the way with its Swank, Paparazzi and drag. And that helped heat up a more competitive strip that now includes Ten and Henry's swnging its big deck.
Say hello to G's on Friday with what else? A party.
Photo by Loren Hoffman