Owners of 5th Street Ribs and Blues close up shop to go play golf instead

By on November 2, 2012
5th Street Ribs and Blues Atlanta

Midtown barbecue joint shutters after nine years.

You can’t have both barbecue and golf.

Well, at least that’s the case if you’re the owner of Midtown’s 5th Street Ribs and Blues.

The barbecue joint, at 86 5th Street, closed its doors for good early this week, according to a sign posted on the restaurant’s front door.

“Closed. Thanks for nine great years. Gone to play golf,” according to the sign.

What Now Atlanta made several attempts via email and telephone to reach 5th Street for comment, all of which went unanswered.

Photo courtesy of Todd Miller.

About Caleb J. Spivak

CJS is the Founder of What Now Atlanta. He was recently featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch in 2012," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA was named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine.


  1. Darin

    November 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I’ll really miss this place! It wasn’t the best BBQ in town, but their pulled chicken and slaw were very good. They had a good selection of beer, friendly staff, and it was a genuinely nice place to hang out and have good food.

  2. HistoryJoe

    November 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Bummer!! They had respectable BBQ right by the office. Good thing I live 2 blocks from Fox Bros, but Bummer! They were very hard working folks

  3. JimmyG

    November 5, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I’ll miss Nana B’s brownies…. man….

  4. The Dude

    November 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    This place was a customer favorite and they will definitely be missed. Great ribs, great people! We hope they have a lovely retirement.

  5. Dr. Heinz Gruber

    November 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Food was decent, but seemed really pricey for what you got…

  6. MA

    January 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Looks like Walmart is coming to Tech Square…

  7. john

    April 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    They were closed more then they were open. No surprise
    To me at all.

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