Blossom announced its permanent closure on social media Monday | Blossom Instagram

Southern seafood-centric restaurant Blossom served its last dinner Sunday evening, announcing its permanent closure on social media Monday. 

“Sadly, last night was our final dinner service after 27 years,” the restaurant wrote. “We appreciate all of you that have supported us through the years, both patrons and team members alike.”

The restaurant opened as Blossom Café in 1993, two years after fellow Hospitality Management, Inc. restaurant Magnolias debuted on East Bay Street. Magnolias is the only remaining restaurant in the group’s portfolio that once featured Blossom, Artisan Meat Share and Cypress, all of which are now closed.

Simmons | Blossom Instagram

Blossom had several executive chefs during its long run, including James Simmons, who started his restaurant career as a dishwasher at Magnolias in 1997 before eventually assuming the lead role at Blossom in 2019. Adam Close had a 12-year run from 2006-2018, and Brandon Buck was leading the Blossom kitchen at the time of its closure.  

The stretch of East Bay Street near Blossom has seen a handful of closures during the pandemic — McCrady’s, Minero, Sipango and Cane Rhum Bar all permanently closed their doors earlier this year. Future plans for the Blossom space have not been announced.