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The Grit announces it's closing its doors in Athens

The restaurant sits in Normaltown part of the old red-light district in Athens and has been a staple in the community for 30 years.
Credit: Kelsea Richards

ATHENS, Ga. — Many Athenians are upset after the announcement that a beloved vegetarian and vegan restaurant would permanently close in the coming month after over three decades of service.

The Grit announced Thursday on its Facebook that the business will close its doors permanently "at the end of evening service on Friday October 7th 2022," citing trouble from the pandemic. The restaurant has been an Athens staple for 30 years and sits near Normaltown, a part of the Classic City's old red-light district, located at 199 Prince Avenue. 

To our wonderful customers: The Grit has been the cornerstone for vegan/vegetarian food in Athens for over 3 decades. ...

Posted by The Grit on Thursday, September 22, 2022
Credit: Kelsea Richards

Throughout the years, the restaurant has kept the mouths of vegetarians and vegans fed in Athens and many as the meat-eaters. People have poured into their comments showing support for the businesses and planning trips to eat one more 'Mondo Burrito.' They are also one of many Athens restaurants that feature creations from local artists. 

There are still ways to support the business before they close up shop in October: 

Thank y’all so much for the outpouring of love. It means so much to us all! We know that you might have some questions...

Posted by The Grit on Friday, September 23, 2022
Credit: Kelsea Richards

The business will be missed and was an institution in the city. Many people in the comments are trying to figure out a way to keep The Grit's doors open past Oct. 7, so with hope, this might not be goodbye.

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