We began looking for places to have their wedding and I suggested Anthony’s on Piedmont. I had attended weddings there before, and it was just enough “old southern”, mixed with “big city”, for a girl raised on a cow farm in Yatesville, GA. She loved the place and so her parents reluctantly signed a contract for the wedding to be held on Memorial Day, May 29th 2011, one year removed from her stroke. Her parents wanted Jennifer to come home and get married in a one room chapel in Yatesville, but the bride and groom wanted to start their life together in Atlanta, where they now live, while attending Georgia State. The total amount for the wedding, venue and dinner was $5100.00.
The deposit was made to Anthony’s Fine Dining in December in the amount of $1200, and then the remaining balance of $3600 was paid in January.
All was fine until May 20th, 9 days before the wedding, Jen and Dan went to Anthony’s to finalize plans. and pay the bar fee that was separate ($1200). At that meeting, they were informed by the wedding planner that Anthony’s had been sold and they no longer had a liquor license. They told us we could pay a bartender, purchase the liquor ourselves and pay them an amount equal to the liquor purchase amount to house the liquor overnight or there would be no cocktails as we announced in the invitation. They also removed the Victorian staircases in front, where traditionally, wedding pictures are staged, as well as other changes that we were not told about. Needless to say we were OUTRAGED, but unable to do anything but comply. They assured Jennifer and Dan there would be no more surprises and the wedding would go on as planned.
Then on May 25th, the Wednesday before the Sunday wedding, I received a phone call from Alex Suarez, at 5:11P.M., the new owner of Anthony’s (now called “The Yacht and Polo Club”) telling me on voicemail we had a big problem with the wedding. I returned his phone call 10 minutes later and he did not answer. I called again, no answer. I immediately got in my car, drove to the venue and talked to him face to face. He said that the previous owner, Asif Edrish, took all of the money we paid for our wedding and we would have to cancel the wedding unless we paid him 80% of the original cost. He said he had no funds to perform the services and because Edrish owned “Anthony’s” and not the “Yacht and Polo Club” he had no responsibility to fulfill the contract. He also encouraged us to file a police report against Asif Edrish for theft. We could not believe this! 4 days before the wedding! I almost had a stroke! My husband and I talked to Jennifer’s parents, Wendi and Keith and explained the best we could. We had people flying in from California and Wisconsin. We could not cancel the wedding. Additionally, we could not let Jennifer become aware of what was going on, because we were concerned for her health. The next morning, my brother-in-law and sister took $3900 out of their savings (he is a truck driver for Frit-o-lay and she a kindergarten teacher) and took it to Alex Suarez. He made us pay cash because he had to pay the staff and my sister signed a new contract. We had the wedding on Sunday the 29th and Jennifer and Dan had a great day all because of the employees and wedding coordinator, despite the management. Coincidentally, the staff was not paid. Jen and Dan are on their honeymoon now, and still do not know what happened.
Now, I need to get my sister and brother-in-law’s money back. I have made several phone calls to Mr. Edrish, trying to appeal to his compassionate side and he will not return my calls. I did hear from some of the staff at the now “Yacht and Polo Club” that this all stems from a problem between the two men, and not much to do with a poor farm family from Yatesville. Regardless my family is out the additional $3900.
The number and dates of these reviews says it all. Anthony's is lost in the past and has transitioned to being a banquet facility. If you want a restaurant with character, good service, ambiance - go just about anywhere else. We had a table for 5 on a Saturday night. The waiter was new and poorly trained. The wine list was anemic and they didn't have the one we ordered. The waiter pushed a grocery store banquet wine instead. It took over an hour for appetizers. The whole affair was almost 3 hours for 2 courses.
As to ambiance the entire building is devoted to secluded private rooms. We were seated on a second level veranda which is probably charming in springtime. This evening the center hall chandeliers were left on full brightness making it feel more liee you were sitting in the kitchen during cleanup. Music was totally absent until mid-way through the meal. The table wobbled.
The food was actually not bad -- when we finally got it. Filet that cut like butter... But presentation was boring and... well it felt like a banquet.
In defense of Anthony's the manager attempted to make up for the experience by switching to a different waiter, comping wine and desert.
But, that didn't make up for the poor experience. The restaurant was a distraction from a family event where it should have enhanced, not detracted from the experience.
If you have a choice, run away.
I had my wedding at Anthony's in October 2007 and I was really impressed with the way things turned out. The service was impeccable. Everyone was personable and extremely attentive. The buffet displays were works of art and so delicious. I have also had dinner there twice before and the food and desserts are so incredible.
Anthony's is first class all the way.
Anthony�s brings out what�s best about the Old South. Originally built in 1797 it was restored to its old glory in 1963 and is one of Atlanta�s best restaurants. Typically used for events like wedding receptions, company parties and events you are truly stepping back in time when you step into this beautifully restored home. They have two large facilities which will hold 200 plus guests either upstairs or in the �Ladybug� room. (Named after the last resident of the home in the 1920�s) Year after year, Anthony�s wins awards off all sorts and it�s easy to see why. The staff is extremely friendly and eager to make your experience the best it can be, and the food is simply some of the best ever had. Located directly off the hustle and bustle of Piedmont road, Anthony�s sits far enough back from the main road to make it a peaceful atmosphere and you would never tell, your minutes away from Downtown and Midtown. We highly recommend Anthony�s.
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