When Prime Restaurant Was In Its Prime: The Delta Air Lines FlyerTalk Event of 2010

“B y the way: so many FlyerTalk members dined at Prime at the Delta Air Lines FlyerTalk Event in 2010 that the restaurant had to shut down to accommodate all of us as a private party, as the entire restaurant became our private room.”

The following photographs are proof of that statement, which I first posted in this recent article pertaining to FlyerTalk members dining at Prime restaurant during the Delta Air Lines FlyerTalk Event in 2009.

Prime was one of ten upscale concept restaurants in the Atlanta area operated by Here To Serve Restaurants which were suddenly closed without notice, leaving hundreds of employees scrambling to find new jobs.

To me, it is ironic that a bunch of FlyerTalk members caused Prime to close down temporarily; but now Prime is apparently closed down permanently. Well — at least FlyerTalk members did not cause this shutdown.

That news caused me to wax nostalgic and prompted me to find the photographs of the part of the Delta Air Lines FlyerTalk event which I co-organized with Steven Klamon back in October of 2010; and here are the photographs from that portion of the event which included dinner at Prime on the evening of Friday, October 22, 2010.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography. Click on the photograph to access its source.

I mentioned an open area behind which is where the food was prepared and cooked. These first two photographs show that area where waiters retrieved food from the chefs to serve to guests as the general manager — wearing the vest — oversaw the operation…

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography. Click on the photograph to access its source.

…and hungry FlyerTalk members awaited their dinner — and yes, filet mignon was one of the choices on the menu that evening.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography. Click on the photograph to access its source.

There were greater than 100 people who filled the restaurant and dined that evening…

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography. Click on the photograph to access its source.

…rendering the private room — located behind those closed doors seen in the above photograph — useless and the only portion of the restaurant which was not used that night.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography. Click on the photograph to access its source.

Amongst the diners at Prime that evening were FlyerTalk members, employees of Delta Air Lines, and invited guests.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography. Click on the photograph to access its source.

Seated on the left of the table in the foreground wearing the dark shirt is Christopher Muise, who was once a member of the Delta Board Council and was the chief architect of the Keep Delta My Delta campaign back in 2006. That campaign rallied the entire workforce of Delta Air Lines; as well as politicians, dignitaries, celebrities, companies associated with Delta Air Lines and — most importantly — the customers of Delta Air Lines. The effort ultimately thwarted off the hostile takeover bid of US Airways.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography. Click on the photograph to access its source.

FlyerTalk members got to enjoy their preferred libations amongst good company.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography. Click on the photograph to access its source.

In the background — located in front of the sushi and bar area — are placards encouraging FlyerTalk members to sign their thanks to the dozens of employees of Delta Air Lines who volunteered their time in helping the Delta Air Lines FlyerTalk Event become a rousing and memorable success.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography. Click on the photograph to access its source.

The open doorway in the center of the photograph above was the office of sorts for Prime.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography. Click on the photograph to access its source.

As with the Delta Air Lines FlyerTalk Event in 2009, I remember this event fondly as well; and I will miss patronizing Prime…

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography. Click on the photograph to access its source.

…and in commemoration of five years ago this month pertaining to the Delta Air Lines FlyerTalk Event of 2010, I am thinking of posting a series of retrospective articles with photographs later this month.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography.

Photograph ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography. Click on the photograph to access its source.

In the meantime, you can view all 70 photographs from this particular dinner at Prime at a higher resolution and larger in size than you see in this article — all taken by Greg Johnston, who himself is a veteran member of FlyerTalk and the founder of James Gregory Photography.

All photographs ©2010 by Greg Johnston of James Gregory Photography.

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