SoBro's Past Perfect closes; owner seeks new space

SoBro neighborhood restaurant and bar Past Perfect has ceased operations, with its owner seeking a new space for a different concept.

Shawn Courtney, who served as president of Past Perfect Inc., said his lease was not renewed, thus ending an eight-and-a-half-year run for the Third Avenue South watering hole.

When it opened in early 2006, Past Perfect was likely SoBro’s lone Chicago/New York City-style neighborhood restaurant and bar. The dark and quirky space was known for its infused vodkas, low lighting and inventive menu.

“Operating Past Perfect was like attending graduate school,” Courtney (pictured) said. “That experience is what will influence the next business.”

Courtney said he is confident he has found another space in SoBro but declined to disclose the building and the site. He did say his new eatery will involve a simple presentation, likely with no servers and a limited alcoholic beverage lineup (beer only).

Courtney said the new eatery, like Past Perfect, will focus more on locals than on tourists. He said he wants the menu and presentation to be “simple and consistent” and the building accessible to cyclists, pedestrians and motorists (with on-site parking).