Update - Barker's Red Hot owner, Glen Robins, responded to our post this morning with the following message for all of Barker's loyal customers. "Mike regrettably we closed the doors at Roswell. We had high hopes when we opened and unfortunately it just did not work out for us. We are not throwing in the towel yet. We have great product and I know there is place for us somewhere and we will find it. The food truck concept takes us back to our roots so we are looking at that closely. I will keep you posted. Thanks again for all of your support!! "
I received a very sad call tonight from a good friend telling me that he had ventured out to pick up some take out from the Roswell location of Barker's Red Hots only to find a note on the door stating that the restaurant was closed and that customers could visit them at their Windy Hill store. The patio furniture and large Weber grill has been pulled from the outside deck and all signs indicate that the location is closed. If this is accurate, then this is a very sad day indeed. The Roswell Barker's restuaraunt was intended to be the flagship store in their burgeoning franchise taking the gospel of the chargrilled hot dog to a national audience. For my two cents, Barker's has the best hot dog and onion rings in all of Atlanta. Here's hoping that Glen can find a way to keep the grilled Sahlen's red hot dog dream alive. Barker's got it's start as a food cart in Woodruff park in the early 80's. Maybe the road back is a fleet of red hot food trucks?