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News Nearby: Ria's Bluebird Chef Dies

Ria Pell also was giving to others, lending her culinary talents and proceeds from various fundraisers and groups needing financial help, including the Plaza Theatre.

Ria Pell. FILE PHOTO
Ria Pell. FILE PHOTO
Ria Pell, the popular chef whose Ria's Bluebird Café drew legions of loyal fans and is credited as being part of the redevelopment renaissance of the Memorial Drive corridor in Grant Park, died Sunday.

"She had a heart attack,'" friend Lauren Janis, who owns Big Daddy Biscuits, wrote in a post on Facebook. "We have lost a dear friend and it is going to be rough for all."

Pell, who also owned the now-closed Sauce in Inman Park, is survived by her wife, Kiki Carr, and partner, Karen Portaleo, according to Georgia Voice, which posted a moving tribute on its website.

She also leaves behind scores of fans and associates across metro Atlanta who enjoyed her personality, sense of spirit and, of course, her cuisine and creativity in the kitchen.

Pell also was giving to others, lending her culinary talents and proceeds from various fundraisers and groups needing financial help, including the Plaza Theatre.

"This is a huge loss for Grant Park and Atlanta," the Grant Park Neighborhood Association wrote on its Facebook page.

"Ria, you will be sorely missed."

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