Everybody's Pizza Closing after 41 Years

The Emory Village favorite will close March 19.


Everybody's Pizza, known for pizza salads and sandwiches as well as generously sized pizza pies, will close March 19, according to owner Andy Kurlansky.

The restaurant has been an Emory Village mainstay for 41 years.

Kurlansky was busy at the restaurant when Patch caught up with him Thursday afternoon, but he said he's simply ready to retire.

“Just moving on, retiring,” he told Virginia-Highland/Druid Hills Patch. “I don’t know if you’ve worked in the restaurant business, but 41 years is enough for me. “

The Eater Atlanta blog says that a brewpub will move into the space.

Kurlansky, who said the Emory Village area is a good location to run a business, put out the following news release:

After 41 great years in Emory Village, we are retiring from the restaurant business.

We are proud to have served some 3 million pizzas to multiple generations of Atlantans since 1971.

Here’s to all who had their first dates at Everybody’s, met their spouse at Everybody’s, or celebrated other of life’s joyous events with us.

Thanks to all in Atlanta who have been loyal fans of our pizza, and who have been guests in our “home.”

But most of all, we thank all of the wonderful folks who have worked with us throughout these 41 years,

for they have been the true heart and soul of the place.

Without their dedication and love, none of it could have happened.

Do you have a favorite dish at Everybody's Pizza, or a fond memory of the place? Share your thoughts in the comments area below.

Sonia March 07, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Steady Hand Pour House is closing too: http://atlanta.eater.com/archives/2013/03/07/location-changes-in-the-works-for-steady-hand-pour-house.php
Margie Hardy March 07, 2013 at 08:01 PM
OH NO!!! I hate to see y'all go! My husband took me to Everybody's on our first date in 1974! I loved it then & still do! Y'all will be missed! Good luck in the future!
John Blankenship March 07, 2013 at 08:46 PM
I was a Senior at Georgia Tech as was my now wife, then gorgeous girl I had seen around campus for three+ years and wanted to meet. A mutual friend and other Tech student invited us both to dinner at Everybody's on a group dinner outing and the rest is history! We now live in Morningside and still frequent the area and Everybody's too! We will miss you! Thanks for the great memories!
G567 March 07, 2013 at 09:06 PM
As an employee of Everybody's I would like to thank each and every one of our guests for so many years of loyalty. The saddest part of this whole thing is, not having to go out and find a new job, but having to say goodbye to so many regulars we've come to know over the years as well as our fellow coworkers who've become like family. We're here for another 12 days, folks, so please come back and see us one last time so we can give Everybody's the send off it deserves!
Quinn Carlington March 07, 2013 at 09:15 PM
NOOOOOO!!! my favorite restaurant... I remember it since i could begin having memories as a baby. My favorite meal was the Greek salad sandwich, it is amazing with their amazing garlic ranch, get it almost every time i am back in ATL. I even worked their as a bus-boy for a little while. True Emory Village history... I will miss you guys and your food....
Tracy White March 08, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Wow. I started eating there when they opened! Too many fun memories to even begin to discuss them, never mind the delicious pizzas! And a wee bit of beer....
KD March 08, 2013 at 01:14 AM
This is really sad. I had my first date there when I started undergrad at Emory. I can't believe it! Now all these new places Ink & Elm, Purple Cork, and I guess a new brewpub. At least there are more drinking spots on campus. Best wishes to the staff...you will be missed!
HamBurger March 08, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Thank you for the great food and the memories! Although I LOVE my special hamburgers with extra yellow mustard, thin sliced onions and pickles, Everybody’s is da BOMB! You will certainly be missed!
boblawblaw March 08, 2013 at 07:10 AM
Why do this to thriving, and well loved businesses? There are plenty of vacant spaces in Atlanta! Jerks!
Jan Inscho March 08, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Started working there a year after it opened - a hostess and than a waitron. Cash only in those days and much smaller. $.35 PBRs on Tuesday nights because Emory still had Wonderful Wednesdays. The crowd that worked there then - Skip, Betty, Peggy, Ken, David, Lamar, Janice, Diane, Mary, Anne, the bartender who was an ex Marine who always bought us a beer at the end of the night. Forgotten a lot of names. Best food - the pizza we developed which the cook hated making but with some flirting we got him to - thin crust, no sauce, herb dressing, cheese pizza. The best.
Voice of Reason March 08, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Um, Kathryn I think you misread the article. No one is doing anything to Everybody's. The owner is simply retiring and letting his lease expire. New brew-pub is moving into what will soon be a vacant space.
Doug Jackson March 08, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Took my first true love there in 1974 Loved the Pabst Dark in those days Loved it when they also leased the space next door... wooden booths - very intimate My first wife once yelled "Move your leg, jock" to a table impeding our exit. LOL She was such a delicate flower.. :-) Any old employees remember a guy named Price who worked there in the 70's I guess? He later managed a Pizza place on Johnson Ferry Nice guy old school Everybody's Great Memories Doug J
boblawblaw March 08, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Everybody's and Steady hand's lease were terminated. This is the reason both business are leaving at the same time.
Nova Terata March 09, 2013 at 05:18 AM
Emory could power the whole village off the grease trap in Methane. I'm sure the sister trap in Everybody's is equally productive.
Debbie from 510 Coventry Rd. March 09, 2013 at 03:20 PM
The very first place I was taken to dinner when I first moved to Atlanta. Very much a part of the "Emory" days and early years that served as the foundation to my soon to be spectacular lie in Atlanta, Georgia-- transforming me into a true Southern Peach. We will miss this iconic place -- that represented Atlanta from the beginning (for me), the best pizza in the most intimate little village --- .
Samara Cummins March 09, 2013 at 11:14 PM
I managed a record store (Position One) at the Everybody's site in 1970. I guess they must have moved in shortly after the store closed. It was a great place to spend my time and my customers were awesome .. as I'm sure they were for everyone at Everybody's. I hope the next occupant has as much success as Everybody's did. Much luck to all. Samara
kim perdue March 12, 2013 at 05:19 AM
best pesto in atlanta--which was in several dishes. nothing can match that flavor! we are sad at our house :( somebody should buy the recipe and make it and sell it at the farmer's markets!
Larry Knight March 26, 2013 at 07:44 PM
I was a freshman at Emory in the fall of '71 when I noticed that the record store in Emory Village was being renovated. I poked my head inside to inquire what the place would be, and they said, "A pizza place", to which I replied, "Are you hiring?" I became Everybody's first (some say second, but I dispute that!) employee, after of course, Phil, Andy, Miranda, and Nancy. I was a busboy, and worked there from several weeks before opening, until the spring of 1973. I remember the music of The Band was always playing in the hectic kitchen, and how it somewhat irked me that I was making $1.75 an hour and got no tips, while the waitresses were raking it in every night by the hundreds ( EB's quickly became jam-packed every night). In addition to the owners and mates, I remember working there with bartender Mary, fellow bus-persons Becky B., and Alex G., waitress Charlie D., and bartender Steve. By the way, Steve was the ex-Nam Green Beret at the bar that someone referred to in a previous comment. I made the mistake of dumping a ladle full of pizza sauce on his head at the bar one night while clowning around, and it almost cost me my life. I also recall many Saturday nights heading with the owners and crew to The Majestic on Ponce for a 2AM after-closing meal of fried liver and onions or some other such delicacy. Thanks, Phil & Andy, for being my first real employers. I have many fond memories there that I will always carry. The best to you both.
Samara Cummins March 26, 2013 at 08:37 PM
WOW. You remember the record store where I worked. It seems like yesterday. It was a great place called Position One.
Amy Power March 26, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Looking forward to having some new local eats


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