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The 16 oldest restaurants to close in the last five years

Even the most iconic restaurants are not immune to decline. Here are a few old-timers who’ve closed in the last five years.

Mihoko Obunai to serve weekday ramen lunch at So Ba

Mihoko Obunai, a chef who came to local prominence after opening the now-defunct Repast with then-husband Joe Truex, will begin making ramen at So Ba in East Atlanta the second week in September. Obunai's most recent gig was a short-lived stint as executive chef at Joli Kobe Bakery & Cafe.

News and events in the restaurant world this week

Atlanta’s first Shake Shack
Shake Shack, the iconic Madison Square Park burger establishment, is coming to Buckhead next year, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. It will open in mid-2014 at 3035 Peachtree Road, in the Buckhead Atlanta development planned for luxury retail space. Shake Shack’s local location will serve the burgers, hot dogs, and frozen custard that its Manhattan location has become known for.

Mihoko Obunai on the new Joli Kobe Kitchen

Originally opened as a French-Japanese bakery, Joli Kobe has gone through a couple of overhauls in its nearly thirty-year existence. Katsuhiko “Vic” Watanabe opened the Sandy Springs bakery in 1985. Then it closed for renovations and expansion in 2001. Now, Mihoko Obunai—known for her work at Repast—has taken over and revamped the menu as the Sandy Springs location rebrands itself as a full-service restaurant called Joli Kobe Kitchen. (A Midtown location is now called Joli Kobe Cafe.)

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