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Omnivore - Waiting on Shaun Doty's chicken at Ansley Mall

It's a game of retail dominoes

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Sign of the week: Wouldn't it be nice to blame all of one's difficulties with this explanation?

The circumstances here appear to be the accommodation of Shaun Doty's new chicken spot at Ansley Mall. Think Yeah! Burger clucking instead of mooing.

Work hasn't begun on the space apparently because of more circumstances: Doty needs the adjoining space. That's occupied by Scents and Suds, which has been there 20 years. The landlord has insisted they move to the next space down. Work on that began a couple of weeks ago, but it looks like slow going.

By the way, Doty told Wyatt Williams (see link above) that he has no plans to open another finer, chef-driven spot. That is a true loss, but understandable in an economy that has starved the restaurant scene.

UPDATE: Tomorrow's News Today reports Doty's withdrawal from Yeah! Burger and the name of his new chicken shop:

According to multiple well places sources, Shaun Doty, co-founder and chef at YEAH! Burger has sold his stake in the business to co-founder Erik Maier. YEAH! Burger's first location opened on the westside in the summer of 2010 and was soon followed by a second location in Virginia-Highland in the fall. Shaun closed his namesake eatery Shaun's in Inman Park in late 2010 to focus on YEAH! Burger. Later this year Shaun will open a new concept, Bantam & Biddy which he describes as a fast casual chicken concept that will be "rotisserie chicken with a lot of sides. It will basically be kind of like a traditional southern meat-and-three kind of experience."