The Cockentrice, one of the original restaurants in Krog Street Market, served its final dinner on Saturday evening.
Owners Kevin and Megan Ouzts announced the closing in a heartfelt Facebook post Friday. They want to devote more time to their butcher shop, The Spotted Trotter, located in Kirkwood, and their personal lives.
“Sometimes bigger isn’t always better, but you won’t know unless you try,” the Facebook post says. “At least that’s what we’ve discovered, as we announce today the incredibly difficult decision to close our first restaurant, The Cockentrice at Krog Street Market. Opening a restaurant was a lifelong dream for Kevin, and we are so thankful for the opportunity. But, soon after opening the restaurant in January 2015, we realized Kevin missed running The Spotted Trotter…with the restaurant, we didn’t have a single minute in the day to nurture that business in the way it deserved.”
Last week week the Ouzts, on the behalf of The Spotted Trotter, received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from Invest Atlanta. They have also had several additional opportunities for the business they felt they would have to decline if they kept The Cockentrice open, they wrote on Facebook.
Another reason to close the restaurant was to have more time to nurture their personal relationship, they wrote. They have been married nearly 10 years and want to start a family soon.
“…we have realized that we are so lucky to have found each other. But who wants to live a dream if the consequence is not experiencing a single second of it together? There is so much more to life than working seven days a week and saying ‘I love you’ via texts and post it notes,” they wrote.
A spokesperson for Paces Properties, the developer behind Krog Street Market, said they did not have a comment on the closing or what might replace the restaurant.