It is with sadness that I announce the closing of Dragon Bowl in Emory Village. Our last day of business will be Friday, February 3rd, 2023.
Our lease is expiring, and we have decided not to renew it. We have had a great 25 year run in Emory Village, first as Doc Chey’s Emory and then as Dragon Bowl. As most of you know, the last 3 years have been brutal for the restaurant industry. Being in Emory Village made it even worse because students, staff and faculty (a significant portion of our customers) vacated Emory University for over a year, which made survival a real struggle. As COVID began to wane, we were faced with labor shortages and rapidly increasing product costs. In June 2022, we were devastated by the loss of my business partner, Melanie Vaughn, who was integral to the operation of all our restaurants. All of this along with the seasonality of the location, with a dramatic drop in business during holidays and summers, made operating a profitable business difficult and, at times, impossible.
I would like to personally thank every employee who worked at Doc Chey’s Emory and Dragon Bowl and each and every guest who dined with us over the past 25 years. I was and continue to be truly appreciative of every guest who walks through our doors because I know you have lots of choices in where to spend your dining dollars and you placed your trust in us. I hope this gratitude was evident whenever we met at the restaurant.
Your Karma Club rewards and gift cards are redeemable at Doc Chey’s and Osteria. We are also working on offering some Dragon Bowl favorites at Doc Chey’s Morningside in the near future. My hope is that you will make the trip to Doc Chey’s to enjoy your favorite bowl and say hello. It’s less than 2 miles down the road!
I will see you soon at Doc Chey’s or Osteria 832. Thanks again for your support over the last 25 years. I am forever grateful.