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What Will You Miss Most About Dante's?

The iconic restaurant is set to close its doors in just a few months.

The news that Dante's Down the Hatch will be closing this spring after 42 years left many in Atlanta heartbroken.

The one-of-a-kind restaurant known for its unique decor, live crocodiles and beloved owner Dante Stephensen holds a special place in the hearts and memories of Atlantans.

Atlantic Realty Partners, the firm with a building that sits directly in front of Dante's, plans to build a 10-story, 288-unit high-rise apartment building on the site of the restaurant.

Stephensen himself said he will miss the restaurant and staff immensely. He said the restaurant was his wife and the staff members were like his children.

Buckhead Patch readers voted Dante's as Atlanta's top special occasion restaurant.

Buckhead Patch wants to know what your favorite memories of Dante's are. Share your photos of your engagement there or maybe a prom date or just a fun group outing. Upload your photos at Dante's here on this article by clicking "upload photos and videos."

What will you miss most? The live jazz? The unique decor? The colorful stories from Dante himself? Tell us in the comments below.

Chels January 14, 2013 at 11:52 PM
We love Dantes and were heart broken when we found out they were closing. 7 years ago I was taken to Dantes for dinner for my first time. I fell in love with the restaurant, the automosphere, the food, and the man who took me on the date! 5 years later and lots of visits to Dantes I was on my way to the restaurant again with the same man. However, this was a time I would never forget because that man who I feel in love with proposed. Dante actually brought my ring to the table! I immediately said yes and was greated by the staff and my family! We often visit the restaurant and always talk about that night! Dante's will be missed by us more than we can describe.

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