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2 East Cobb Restaurants Closing

The Empress of China II will serve its last meals on Monday; Botekim Brazilian Bistro has already shuttered its doors.

Two East Cobb restaurants -- one a longtime part of the local dining scene and the other considered a new, rising star -- have closed or will be closing. 

The Empress of China II, located in the Market Plaza Shopping Center at 1255 Johnson Ferry Road, is closing on Monday after 32 years in East Cobb. 

A notice on the restaurant's website said the closing was due to "the current financial climate" and the retirement of the owners. 

The food blog Atlanta Eater reported on Wednesday that has closed its doors, leaving a note in the door thanking patrons and informing them of the news. 

The brainchild of former Sal Grosso chef and Brazilian immigrant Alex DeGrossi, Botekim opened last July to rave reviews (, AJC) for its non-churrascaria fare, and in the heart of a hotbed of Brazilian restaurants in the Powers Ferry Road corridor.

Earlier this year East Cobb Patch readers rated it their favorite . 

In with East Cobb Patch in March, DeGrossi said that "we saw that the community was missing a good and affordable family restaurant."

In other East Cobb restaurant news, closed Tuesday after 31 years of business in the Powers Ferry area. But owner Christos Giannes is reopening his Greek family-style restauarant under the name Kouzina Christos at the refurbished Terrell Mill Village Shopping Center, across the street from Botekim. 

The new establishment, located adjacent to the new L.A. Fitness center, will include an expanded food and cocktail menu and patio dining.

Jack S May 17, 2012 at 03:56 PM
You will be hard pressed to find ANY good Chinese in E.Cobb. It's as if they were all run by the same group; all the same tired menu items and nothing original or unique.
Not a Snob May 17, 2012 at 04:59 PM
We are fortunate to have Hong Kong Star. Great food and service.
Kim C. May 17, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Hong Kong star is a winner, but also try Bamboo (in shopping center with LA Fitness and Casabella.) Make sure "Sam" is cooking. Really good.
james k May 22, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I agree with Kim C. Bamboo has great Chinese and really good Thai food too :-).
Cindy May 22, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I vote for Chopsticks in the Book Miser Plaza between Robinson and Indian Hills Parkway. Fresh food, always consistent, fairly priced.

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