When will American Cut open? The answer for one of the more anticipated restaurants at the glitzy Buckhead Atlanta development remains a question mark.
American Cut, a steakhouse concept by New York-based restaurant group LDV Hospitality, which also owns and operates Corso Coffee and newly opened Dolce Italian at Buckhead Atlanta, was expected to open in February 2016. The restaurant won’t open then and no revised date has been given.
The news about the delayed opening of American Cut comes at a time when Buckhead Atlanta is experiencing setbacks with multiple projects. Last week, the AJC reported that about a dozen companies have liens outstanding against OliverMcMillan, the San Diego-based developer behind the mixed-use property and certain tenants on the property, including LDV Hospitality, for unpaid construction work. The liens or claims for unpaid work at Buckhead Atlanta total more than $3.2 million. Two liens were filed against LDV Hospitality and OliverMcMillan subsidiary OMB Buckhead Lender LLC: one by contractor D. Griffith & Co. in the amount of $455,837 and the other by Sinclair Construction Group in the amount of $107,667.
John Meadow, president and founder of LDV, said the company was in the process of resolving the liens and was still planning to move ahead with American Cut.
“I am committed to Atlanta 100 percent,” Meadow said. “We are thrilled with the financial and overall results in our Dolce opening. That merits a certain amount of focus before jumping on to American Cut.” LDV is also in the midst of opening other concepts in other cities, with six other projects besides American Cut Atlanta in the pipeline.
“We are eager and excited for Atlanta. We’re in no race. We are about doing it right,” Meadow said.
While LDV adjusts it timeline for American Cut in Atlanta, its director of operations, David Abes, has said goodbye. Abes, whose last day with LDV was Saturday, has taken a position with Buckhead Life Restaurant Group. He will be regional director of its Florida operations with expectations of stepping into the role of chief operating officer.
“It was not going as quickly as I wanted to,” Abes said of LDV’s growth in Atlanta.
Yet Abes feels optimistic for LDV’s future in Atlanta. “I feel so positive about Dolce. It’s in good hands. I love LDV. They are great people,” Abes said. “We are just heading in different paths.”
Abes joined LDV nearly one year ago after a 14-year tenure with Here to Serve restaurant group.