In an announcement posted to the restaurant’s website and on Instagram Thursday afternoon, chef Andre Gomez introduced the closing of Porch Light Latin Kitchen after practically six years in Smyrna. Nonetheless, the chef indicated within the assertion he might reopen the restaurant in some type sooner or later.
A purpose for the closure was not offered, however the restaurant has remained closed for dine-in service for many of the pandemic, solely providing takeout a couple of nights per week with occasional patio seating.
“How do I diversify and cease counting on ‘butts in seats?’ On the finish of the day, it’s more economical than paying a server, paying a dishwasher, paying a washer,” he told Eater earlier this spring of operating Porch Light during the pandemic. “I put all the pieces in a field…go. And takeout, I believe, that’s going to be the norm.”
The chef additionally alluded to the day by day stress of regularly pivoting operations with the intention to proceed operating a profitable and worthwhile restaurant in the course of the international well being disaster, calling it “tiring on each stage.”
Eater reached out to Gomez for touch upon the closure.
A former Kevin Rathbun Steak chef de delicacies, at Porch Mild Gomez showcased conventional meat-smoking strategies from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Central America, Spain, and Argentina within the dishes served on the restaurant. This included the citrus-brined beer-can hen, cumin-spiced St. Louis ribs with guava-chipotle barbecue sauce, and a 12-hour coriander beef brisket.