Fat Hen Grill, the predecessor and sister restaurant to Fat Hen Grocery (7457 St. Charles Ave., 266-2921; www.fathengrill.com), has closed.

  Chef/owner Shane Pritchett shut down the Harahan restaurant, and a press release issued by his restaurant last week explains the move was intended "to consolidate his team's efforts and focus his attention solely on the Fat Hen Grocery."

  Pritchett opened Fat Hen Grocery (reviewed in Gambit, Nov. 22) along St. Charles Avenue near Loyola and Tulane universities in July, and operated both restaurants for four months. While the menus were similar, the Harahan restaurant had more barbecue and the Uptown location had a deli for take-out sandwiches and a small grocery area for packaged foods and meats by the pound.

  The Harahan location was one chapter in of an evolving "fine diner" concept Pritchett launched after leaving the ranks of upscale New Orleans dining. A formally trained chef from Texas, he had worked his way up to become one of Emeril Lagasse's lieutenants, serving as chef du cuisine at Emeril's Delmonico (1300 St. Charles Ave., 525-4937; www.emerils.com). He opened his first Fat Hen Grill in Harahan and soon expanded with a second in Kenner. Both of these eateries closed and Pritchett opened his most recent Fat Hen Grill on Hickory Avenue amid a cluster of other restaurants.

  In his press release announcing the closing, Pritchett says that in addition to concentrating on Fat Hen Grocery, he plans to devote more time to a line of bottled barbecue sauces and jams he's been selling and will "participate in barbecue competitions around the United States."

  Fat Hen Grocery has expanded its hours, adding service on Tuesdays to offer breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.