Banner posted on Here To Serve's website about the restaurants' closure.
Banner posted on Here To Serve’s website about the restaurants’ closure.

Embattled Here To Serve Restaurants group closed all of its eateries – Coast, Noche, Prime, Shucks, Smash, Strip and Twist – on Monday and it’s uncertain when they might reopen.

The company, which recently shuttered Aja in Buckhead and Goldfish at Perimeter Mall, posted on its website yesterday that it was “reorganizing” and would “hopefully” reopen the restaurants soon.

11 Alive reported that the company would pay employees on Wednesday and that it had lost its workers compensation insurance.

Here Two Serve has been embroiled in a lawsuit with the owners of Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square over the transfer of leases of Twist and Prime from Chef Tom Catherall to his wife Leigh. Leigh Catherall took control of Here To Serve Restaurants in 2012 as part of a divorce settlement.

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.

2 replies on “Here To Serve group closes all of its restaurants”

  1. Jesus what a clusterf*ck. Tom becomes a master chef, builds an empire, then in divorce settlement gets screwed so hard he calls his retirement on the spot.

    As a result:
    -Restaurants start closing like dominos
    -Land leasing groups realize real quick who was running the business and want to end lease under contractual agreements
    -OASIS cancels wage insurance
    -All H2SR restaurants close
    – 1,000 employee hole

    All for what? A divorce. For christ sake, if you decide to get married, GET PRE-NUP. Men and empires have risen and fallen in this country because the courts have ruled in “fair share” favor for women.

    I used to work for H2SR during my college days and would see Tom regularly pop in to check on the status of his businesses. His wife? Not so much.

    Here’s is a statement from an interview of Leigh Catherall from Sept 2015

    “In the judge’s chambers in July of 2014, Tom was not happy with the numbers and unexpectedly said he would retire and I could have the business. With 60 seconds to make a decision, I had a eureka moment and said yes. I realized from the information we discovered that, frankly, I could run the business better.”

    I leave it up to the reader to find out for themselves who was the real CEO. Good luck to all the ex-employees out there.

  2. Jesus what a clusterf*ck. Tom becomes a master chef, builds an empire, then in divorce settlement gets screwed so hard he calls his retirement on the spot.

    As a result:
    -Restaurants start closing like dominos
    -Land leasing groups realize real quick who was running the business and want to end lease under contractual agreements
    -OASIS cancels wage insurance
    -All H2SR restaurants close
    – 1,000 employee hole

    All for what? A divorce. For christ sake, if you decide to get married, GET PRE-NUP. Men and empires have risen and fallen in this country because the courts have ruled in “fair share” favor for women.

    I used to work for H2SR during my college days and would see Tom regularly pop in to check on the status of his businesses. His wife? Not so much.

    Here’s is a statement from an interview of Leigh Catherall from Sept 2015

    “In the judge’s chambers in July of 2014, Tom was not happy with the numbers and unexpectedly said he would retire and I could have the business. With 60 seconds to make a decision, I had a eureka moment and said yes. I realized from the information we discovered that, frankly, I could run the business better.”

    I leave it up to the reader to find out for themselves who was the real CEO. Good luck to all the ex-employees out there.

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