Ria Pell (Courtesy of Ria’s Bluebird Cafe)

Beloved local chef and restaurateur Ria Pell died Sunday from an undetected enlarged heart, according to a notice posted on the Facebook page of Pell’s popular restaurant, Ria’s Bluebird.

Pell, 45, had recently competed and won on the Food Network cooking competition “Chopped” and the Bluebird  had earned recognition around the country, including a favorable review from The New York Times. She was also a founder of Mondo Homo, an alternative queer art and music festival, and also frequently DJ’d at Mary’s, the gay bar in East Atlanta Village.

A funeral service will be held Nov. 30 at noon at Westview Cemetery followed by a wake at Bluebird, 421 Memorial Drive.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

4 replies on “Ria’s Bluebird Cafe chef & founder Ria Pell has died”

  1. I just want to send my heartfelt condolences to the family of Ms. Ria Pell. I had always heard of Ria’s Bluebird Cafe, and even saw it featured on an episode of a Food Network series called The Hungry Detective, I just wish that I had had a meal there before she passed away too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, and friends, in their time of grief. R.I.P Ms Ria Pell.

  2. I just want to send my heartfelt condolences to the family of Ms. Ria Pell. I had always heard of Ria’s Bluebird Cafe, and even saw it featured on an episode of a Food Network series called The Hungry Detective, I just wish that I had had a meal there before she passed away too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, and friends, in their time of grief. R.I.P Ms Ria Pell.

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