The Brickery Grill & Bar will serve up its final trademark Caesar burger on Dec. 23, ending its 24-year run as a Sandy Springs neighborhood favorite.

The local landmark at 6125 Roswell Road in the Hilderbrand Court shopping center is already surrounded by construction fencing for the massive mixed-use project displacing it. The shopping center demolition for the Mill Creek Residential project will start this month, according to a project manager at a new on-site office.

Brickery co-owner Bruce Alterman said there are no special plans for the restaurant’s last day in business.

“I don’t know how to do anything special besides a group hug,” Alterman said. “We are greatly appreciative.”

The Brickery’s bar is offering a special “Festive Farewell” martini, and a special page in its menu advises how to make financial contributions to its soon-to-be-unemployed workers. Meanwhile, Alterman said, the restaurant is packed with customers getting a last taste of favorite menu items, including “so many Caesar burger addicts [who] are getting their fix.”

Alterman said that “preferred customers” will be invited to a Jan. 5 auction of most of the restaurant’s fixtures. “I’d love to be able to see some pieces have a new life,” he said.

It remains to be seen whether the Brickery will have a new life as well. Alterman said the Brickery brand might “pop back up someday,” maybe as a cookbook, maybe more. Nothing is off the table, he said, but nothing is planned, either.

Construction fencing was up Dec. 14 at the Hilderbrand Court shopping center on Roswell Road in preparation for demolition and construction of Mill Creek Residential’s mixed-use project. (Photo John Ruch)

Mill Creek will build a large mixed-use building about five stories high and with about 340 apartments. The $90 million project was approved by the city earlier this year.

Meanwhile, another giant mixed-used project next door, at 6077-6075 Roswell Road, remains stalled several weeks after developer Camden USA pulled out. Owner Kirk Demetrops said he hopes to have a new developer to announce by year’s end.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.