Wonderkid Restaurant From the Owners of Bon Ton Closes at Atlanta Dairies on Memorial Drive

Wonderkid, the Memorial Drive restaurant owned by Darren Carr and Eric Simpkins (Bon Ton, The Lawrence), closed over the weekend after nearly three years at Atlanta Dairies in Reynoldstown.

Rumors of its impending closure began circulating earlier in November, with one reader telling Eater that their server stated the restaurant’s last day was set for December 1. However, Wonderkid instead closed following dinner service SundayNovember 27.

“There just comes a time when you either lick your wounds and move on or just keep battling,” Carr said of the decision to close Wonderkid. “We felt the best move was to admit defeat. I could make a lot of excuses about the pandemic being the only reason, but it was a combination of the last three years and not being good enough. I don’t think we conceptually nailed it.”

Wonderkid opened in December 2019, just three months prior to the start of the pandemic. During its first year, the restaurant sported a food menu from chef Justin Dixon that included everything from chili-spiced sticky wings and pan-roasted duck with red cabbage spätzle to a diner-style cheeseburger, deviled eggs topped with bacon and pickled okra, and a falafel waffle served with sides of tabouleh and roasted eggplant. Brunch featured familiar comfort dishes like steak and eggs, eggs in hell, and bagels and lox.

Dixon left Wonderkid in 2021 to focus on his critically acclaimed sandwich pop-up Humble Mumble, currently in residence at Collective at Coda food hall in Midtown.

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