The Highlander bar and grill in Midtown Promenade will close tonight after 30 years in business. The owners made the surprise announcement on social media this afternoon.

The local institution – a favorite hangout spot after movies at Midtown Art Cinema, known for its bingo, karaoke and trivia nights, and even open for Thanksgiving dinner – opened in 1992. The owners cited “unforeseen circumstances and hardships” as the reason behind the sudden closure.

The Highlander’s pub grub menu earned it a national reputation, with “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” featuring the bar for its jerk chili recipe. 

Unconfirmed postings on social media suggest that The Highlander will be replaced by local sports bar chain Bench Warmers.

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Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.