Within days of each other, downtown Calhoun restaurants Wall Street Grille, located at 117 South Wall Street, and Wing Me Up, located at 408 Court Street, shut their doors. Eddie Yap, who owns both establishments, claims his decision was solely based on the restaurants not making money.
"I don't want to close them," said Yap. "When I pass by, especially by Wall Street Grille, I do think the location should be a good restaurant area. But it's just not happening and I don't know why. It's just not making any money," said Yap.
Yap said the two restaurants combined are losing between $5,000 and $15,000 each month.
Yap is visibly disappointed that the restaurants in downtown Calhoun did not pan out. A professional restaurateur, he owns five other successful restaurants throughout North Georgia, including Blue Fin in Rome, and the popular Okinawa restaurants in Cartersville and Adairsville.
Yap opened Wall Street Grille in September 2016. The restaurant offered a varied menu of steaks, seafood, sandwiches, pastas and salads. There was also a piano lounge and bar, which hosted various Happy Hour events.
Two months later, in November 2016, Yap opened Wing Me Up, in the former Dukes building. The establishment served a variety of reasonably priced items including appetizers, soups and salads, burgers and sandwiches and more than 15 styles of chicken wings.
"All of my other restaurants are doing really well," said Yap. "But (these two) are not getting better, so that's why I've decided to close."
Yap said that he is selling both buildings. The Wing Me Up property is located in a strip mall, which Yap owns and is selling the strip mall as a whole.
Anyone interested in buying the buildings can contact Yap at firstname.lastname@example.org.