The year ended with the closure of two longtime Roswell restaurants.
Greenwood's on Green Street and barbecue restaurant Swallow at the Hollow both shuttered on Dec. 31, according to a recorded phone message at both restaurants.
"We have permanently closed our doors for business," the message said. "We appreciate your business over the years and thank you very much if you were a patron of the restaurant."
Carol Jackson, writing on behalf of owner Bill Greenwood, wrote in an an email, "Greenwood’s has enjoyed being part of the Roswell community for over 32 years; time to enjoy another phase of life. We do not plan any other restaurant ventures." She declined to provide a reason for the closure.
Bill Greenwood opened Greenwood's, located at 1087 Green St., in 1986, followed by Swallow at the Hollow at 1072 Green St. in 1999. Event facility and catering service The Yellow House is also closed.
Farm-to-table spot Greenwood's was known for its fried chicken and other Southern dishes, while Swallow at the Hollow's menu offered barbecue staples including platters of 'cued pork, sausage, beef and turkey.
"While the fried chicken gets the most attention, ask longtime patrons which dish keeps bringing them back, and you'll find that Greenwood isn't a one-trick pony in the kitchen," former AJC food writer Jon Watson wrote of Greenwood's in 2012. "If you want a taste of a Southern classic, you'll likely leave Greenwood's happy. If for nothing else, you definitely won't leave hungry.