HTSLeigh Catherall, co-founder of Here To Serve Restaurants, is now full owner and CEO of the Atlanta-based restaurant group after co-founder and ex-husband Chef Tom Catherall announced his retirement.

The change comes on the heels of an eviction lawsuit filed by Simon Property Group against two popular Here to Serve restaurants – Twist at Phipps Plaza and Prime at Lenox Square. The mall owners claim the restaurants’ ownership was transferred without permission by Tom Catherall to Leigh Catherall as part of a divorce settlement in 2012.

It was also announced that Here To Serve’s restaurant Shout at Colony Square will close on Dec. 23.

“As co-founder of Here To Serve Restaurants, I’m excited to take the helm of a company I helped build from its inception,” said Leigh Catherall in a statement released to the media. “Our restaurants will continue to serve Atlanta’s dining needs and be a growing part of the ever-changing restaurant landscape in Atlanta. The Here To Serve Family wishes Tom the best in his retirement.”

Other restaurants operated by Here To Serve include Noche, Goldfish, Strip, Aja, Shucks and Smash.

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.