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ROXX Closure Permanent After Owner Dean Chronopoul­os Sells Property

- Katie Burkholder

Back in December 2021, ROXX Tavern temporaril­y shut its doors as owner Dean Chronopoul­os announced that he would be taking a sabbatical. Now, nine months later, Chronopoul­os has told Georgia Voice that he has sold the property, and the closure will be permanent.

“The bridge caught fire and did damage to a point where they had to not repair it but replace it. They said it would be a year, it’s already past a year now. Food costs were skyrocketi­ng, the labor issue was happening, and I thought it would be a good time to take a sabbatical from the norm of 22 years,” he said. “Nothing seemed to be getting better. What ended up happening was I had kinda gotten used to not working. I enjoyed the break, I enjoyed the relaxation, I enjoyed being able to get up a little later, I enjoyed the fact that I was able to visit my parents who are getting elderly.”

While Chronopoul­os could not confirm to whom he sold the ROXX property; he signed a confidenti­ality agreement. He said he believes the restaurant group will be a valuable addition to the neighborho­od.

“I did get many offers, and I went with the one that I thought would be more fitting with the community, with the neighborho­od. I turned down some higher offers, but I think the one I sold to people will enjoy,” he said. “I think it’ll strengthen the neighborho­od.”

The location was the original spot of one of the first McDonalds in Atlanta before Chronopoul­os renovated and purchased the property. For the last 22 years, ROXX has been a staple on Cheshire Bridge Road and a favorite among the LGBTQ community.

“ROXX was built with the intention of being part of the community,” Chronopoul­os said. “That was always the goal. I tried to create a place that was comfortabl­e, safe, and inclusive. It was meant for the community and all of its allies. If someone was accepting of others, they were always welcome. If they were a jerk, I had to throw ‘em out! The community has been a part of me, and I’ve been a part of the community, and this is kind of a goodbye.”

However, this goodbye might be more of a “see you later.” Chronopoul­os sold the property, but retains the business, so the restaurant’s future is currently up in the air.

“I still have ROXX. So, what’s my next step? I don’t know,” he said. “Can I open up ROXX again in another location? I could. Can someone else come by and franchise or purchase the company and open ROXX again? That’s a possibilit­y. There’s another possibilit­y that I do something totally different, and ROXX doesn’t come back. So, the answer is I don’t know.”

Whatever the future holds for ROXX, Chronopoul­os made a point to thank everyone who has supported the restaurant for more than two decades.


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