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Seeger’s closes…again

posted on December 12, 2006 at 6:38 pm

I had been vacillating whether or not to write anything about this. I can’t say I did not see it coming but I am tired of the drama surrounding this place. Seems that Seeger silently left Atlanta after making a deal with Tom Catherall. I heard this was going on a while back, but did not want to give the place any more press. I appreciate Seeger’s artistry but am glad the closing, reopening, threatening to close hoopla is done. What a smack in the face to all the Atlantans (including the Mayor no less) that rallied around him the last time around! I mourn the loss of any great Chef in Atlanta but if they want to leave, then go. Enough is enough. Maybe Gunter and Soto can open up a place together.

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2 comments

  • Re: Seeger’s closes…again
    posted by: Sudhir · December 13, 2006  9:51 AM

    Lumping Seeger and Soto in together is unfair. Soto did not want to leave Atlanta but was forced to by the lack of appreciation for his work. He was getting plenty of business, but it was not the kind of business he wanted. Soto tried offering an elaborate 12+ course omakase, but no one would come. He went into the black big time just to keep it afloat and charged way under what he should have been charging for such a feast, but the market was not there. Making rolls and serving nigiri is fine for a while, but Soto needed to be challenged and there was no room for him to grow as a chef in Atlanta because there just aren’t enough people who appreciated how great he was. Seeger suffered a similar fate, but he made his own bed a bit. Soto was more a victim of the market, or lack thereof, than anything else. He moved to NYC to cook the way he wanted to.

  • Re: Seeger’s closes…again
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · December 14, 2006  5:59 AM

    My lumping them together was simply based on the amount of drama surrounding the restaurants. I feel like both chefs, while talented, insulted the many Atlantans that actually supported them. I know it is about the business but both just created a bunch of bad PR for themselves. Soto acted out all the time. I don’t care how good his food was. The painfully slow service and atmosphere made it so unpleasant that I rarely went. And, I am one of the patrons that wuld have paid the prices for his work and appreciated his cuisine. Just my 2 cents though.

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