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.