Customers may have been shocked two weeks ago to find that Costa Vida, a Mexican restaurant located on Peachtree Parkway (Hwy. 141), had closed unexpectedly after less than two years in operation, but they were not alone in their shock.
It was even unexpected for those involved.
“[Franchise officials] agreed to take over operations May 1 and were going to open up a couple new stores in the Atlanta market and sell them as a package deal,” said Michael Williams, the state senator for District 27. “Then about 11p.m. on [June 11] I got a call saying that they were going to shut the store down the next day.”
Williams, who is in his first term, said though many in the county believed him to be the owner, he and his wife, Virginia, were only investors. His brother oversaw day-to-day operations.
The restaurant opened across from The Collection at Forsyth in Oct. 2014.
After his brother left, the couple operated the business, Williams said.
“That was in the late part of January, first part of February when I was still in session, so she was kind of running it,” Williams said. “After I got done, we decided that our role was investors … that we didn’t want to run the restaurant either, and we reached out to the franchise.”
Williams said he and his wife had no part in the decision, and the company had decided to focus on other markets.
“It wasn’t my decision,” he said. “At that point in time, they were running and operating the restaurant and I had no say in it.”