Madison Atlanta Bread to Close

Tuesday will be the bakery cafe's last day, the manager said.

The Madison Atlanta Bread Company on Main Street is closing and Tuesday, Oct. 30, will be the bakery cafe's last day, the manager said.

Manager Deborah J. Reynolds said the lease was up and not renewed. Atlanta Bread hopes to open another location in Madison in the future, though no plans to do that have been finalized, she said.

There have been discussions about moving into space in the new Walgreens building, possibly opening in the new location in the spring, she said.

Last month, the Madison Atlanta Bread, which has about 15 employees, posted a sign saying it was not closing amid rumors it was, but Reynolds said she later learned they were closing. They plan to auction the restaurant's equipment.

The sign in September mentioned rumors a Chipotle Mexican grill was going to open in the space. No new word yet on what the plans are.

Joseph October 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Panera would be great.
Colleen Bohensky October 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM
That's unfortunate.... especially since it's soup season!
tina October 26, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I agree..Panera Bread is great. Good food and good customer service, something Atlanta Bread lacked. Also, a BIG Starbucks would be nice.
Sir October 26, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Good food, cleanliness and good servcie. Very simple. When you lack all 3, you close. I was a loyal customer for 2 years and then they had staff turnover, the food quality went down and the place wasn't as clean.
Lauren Rossi October 26, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Would love to see Panera go in as well. I hope the space doesn't stay empty too long, all of these closings are not good for the Downtown. People need to continue to shop in Madison or before we know it there will be no Downtown! In the past it was rare to see an empty storefront in Madison but now we are seeing them more and more and who knows what is going to happen after the holiday season if people don't support the local merchants.
KeepItReal October 26, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Exactly how many empty storefronts are there in downtown Madison at this moment? In the interest of full disclosure you should have mentioned that you are a shopowner on Waverly Place. Clearly you have a motive for such "scare tactics".
Lauren Rossi October 26, 2012 at 08:13 PM
It's not a scare tactic, it's the reality of what is happening in Madison and it's sad.
Lauren Rossi October 26, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Has anyone noticed the poster in almost every window on Waverly Pl and Main St?
Creighton Hilstad October 26, 2012 at 09:07 PM
It's obvious that keepitreal doesn't support Madison downtown core and doesn't care much but seems to have negative opinions on just about everything posted on Patch.
Nicole Francoeur October 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM
As another shop keeper on Waverly Place, I have to agree with Lauren about the state of the downtown. Look under the surface and you will see that things are not a rosey as you think they are. And it is not just our downtown. Brick and mortar storefronts are in dire straights these days al lover the country, not just Madison. Without disclosing any one particular shops situation, you'll be seeing the face of the downtown getting more bare in the coming year and it's not for lack of trying by the merchants or the landlords. So, dear KeepItReal, open your eyes and look around your neighborhood. It's not scare tactics, but really scary reality.
TiredofMadisonPolitics October 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I don't understand why everyone is jumping all over Keepitreal. The only vacancy I remember for an extended period was the former Woolworth's/CVS. And from what I heard, the landlord was asking an obscene amount for rent. I would also ask what stores are in a precarious state? If I could do anything more to spport them I would, all I read is about conjecture and a "scary reality" with nothing to back it up.
TiredofMadisonPolitics October 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM
support, sorry for the typo.
Lauren Rossi October 26, 2012 at 11:11 PM
All of the merchants need to be supported! Maybe you can help get the word out to your friends and neighbors and I thank you for your offer of support. It is not one particular store, it's many of the downtown stores.
Madison Cyclist October 27, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Here's a list of downtown merchants I support on a regular basis: Madison pet shop Tons of toys Madison pharmacy the movie theatre McCool's and on an occasional basis: Madison photo plus Nicky's firehouse Starting line sports If your store isn't on the list, it's nothing personal. You just don't sell stuff that I buy. Not to say I don't support you in spirit, but this is commerce not charity.
Jeffrey Halpern October 29, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Support your local merchent goes a long way. They hire local employees and are the backbone of the economy. When seeking to open an office, we looked to Madison for our 4th location. And being in the center of the business district we have found that as we support Madison, Madison recognizes it and has been supporting us. To that, thank you. We are here to stay and be part of the lives of Madison for a long time.
Tim G November 17, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Agreed, would love a Chipotle or Panera. Though I would still find myself going to Bagel Chateau pretty much every morning and Fratelli's for lunch most of the time.


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