Omnivore - Two longtime downtown restaurants close

Dailey's and City Grill close

The Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting bad news about two Atlanta institutions:

Landmark downtown Atlanta dining institutions Dailey’s Restaurant Bar and City Grill closed Wednesday.

An e-mail from Harbor Group Management, the firm that oversees the Hurt Building, home of City Grill, said: “It is with great regret that we must inform you that the City Grill and Dailey’s restaurants are closed until further notice.”

The restaurants’ owner, Karen Bremer, president of Great Hospitality Restaurants Inc., confirmed the restaurants are closed.

“Economic conditions, sales have faltered,” Bremer said. “The economics have finally hit me.”

Convention business cratered in the second half of 2008 and has yet to recover. Hotels and restaurants dependent on corporate accounts have struggled as companies cut back on travel, and convention attendance has dwindled.