It’s been a little more than a week since the Atlantic Coast restaurant chain opened its newest location in Lexington, Kentucky.
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing.
On Monday, the company announced that its new restaurant in Atlantic City will be closed until January.
The chain has now been shuttered for more than three weeks, and its newest outpost is now located in Lexington’s Downtown Crossing.
While the Atlantic restaurant chain is still a local business, its departure from Lexington has left its former residents to deal with a number of issues.
One of the issues that customers are facing is the cost of operating in a city where it’s illegal to have a liquor license.
Atlantic City has a population of nearly 100,000 people, according to the New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.
While it is legal to have the liquor license in Atlantic County, many of the businesses that serve liquor in the city have been shut down in recent years due to an influx of immigrants.
According to a press release from the Atlantic County Commissioner’s Office, the city has lost more than $20 million in liquor licenses due to the influx of foreign-born people.
Some of those businesses are owned by people who were born and raised in the state of New Jersey.
One of those people, a real estate developer named David McAllister, owns two restaurants in Atlantic Beach and owns a property in the surrounding community of Summer Hill.
On his Facebook page, McAllisters brother-in-law, Steve Smith, told ABC News that the McAllis are “not going anywhere.”
He said that he plans to keep his restaurants open and is open to working with the company.
“The business is going to continue to thrive here in Atlantic,” McAllists brother-inspector Steve Smith told ABC.
“It’s going to be just fine.
It’s just a matter of how long the restaurant stays open.”
While Atlantic City restaurants have been closed for more time than any other business in the chain, Atlantic City’s food scene has been flourishing for years.
In 2014, the chain’s third location in Atlantic was the first in the nation, and in the years since, it has expanded and expanded in a number for the restaurants to cater to the city’s diverse population.
Atlantic City restaurant owners and employees have also spoken out against the closures, saying that the chain has created jobs and opened up opportunities for people of all backgrounds.
Atlantic Restaurant Association President Paul DeBruyne told ABC that the closures have hurt the restaurants’ ability to stay open and to keep employees employed.
He said that Atlantic City needs to diversify its businesses, and the chain needs to make it more attractive to prospective customers.
“I believe in diversity,” DeBrümes said.
“But if we are going to do that, we have to take some of the risk and put some of our own money into it.”
Atlantic City Mayor Jim Johnson, who has also been outspoken in his criticism of Atlantic City restaurant closures, also spoke out against Atlantic City businesses.
He told ABCNews.com that Atlantic Beach is a great place for people to live, and people have been able to go to the beaches and get a job.
“We have a tremendous amount of people here who are happy, and they are making a lot of money, and there is not a place in this city for them to live,” Johnson said.
Johnson said that the city should be working to expand and modernize its economy and create jobs in order to attract more residents to the area.