Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Old Hickory House, The Manuel's Tavern of Dunwoody, Closed

The Old Hickory House, a favorite of many locals, has closed its doors.  Most folks visited HH for breakfast. The evening crowd was light.  Local social groups, Old Men posses, bloggers, Red Shirts, and politicians all shared the counter, booths, and tables at Hickory House.  At the HH, all Men were equal, all treated with great care and respect, regardless of your order.  Guys like Farmer Bob would get a cup of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal, while DunwoodyTalk staffers would get Country Chicken with Gravy, a side of bacon, and  a Diet Coke in a to-go cup.

Old Hickory House
Lot size is .8 acres and building approx 4200 sq feet. Valued at $1.1 million, up from $870,000 last year

DunwoodyTalk staffers had many great meetings at the Old Hickory House.  It was here I met the legendary Nancy, on her first trip to Dunwoody during her local school board campaign.  Local political folks known only by first name dined here.  The likes of Fran, Dan, Tom, Danny, Terry, and Mike all broke bread toast at HH.

I think the Dunwoody Preservation Trust should buy one of the booths from HH and put it on display at the FarmHouse or FarmHouse 2 for future generations to see.  It can have a temporary display at Lemonade Days so our youth can learn to appreciate a part of Dunwoody's past.  Me, I want that sign advertising Smoked Turkeys For Sale that dangled from the back. I remember when HH sold bottles of Budweiser.  The manager at the time joked that the employees drank more beer than they sold, so they discontinued selling beer.  I thought that he was funny and honest when he told me that.

Old Hickory House joins a few other restaurants that have closed.  Firkin Gryphon, Allison's, Macaroni Grill, and China Garden II all gone.  But when one door closes, another opens.  Replacing Firkin Gryphon is the new Memphis Barbecue Company.  Wild Wing Cafe is replacing Macaroni Grill, and something is replacing China Garden II

Did a new BBQ joint opening a few miles away contribute to the closing of Old Hickory House?  I doubt it.  Hickory House was  responsible for its own demise.  The place was not known for 90+ health scores and a bright, clean facility.  Good breakfast food and decent service, but apparently not enough customers?  Or, do they plan to sell the hot-spot for a profit?  Dunwoody has changed the past two decades, and there are many more places to enjoy prepared food. (Note: Slope's BBQ in Sandy Springs is a great BBQ joint.  Check out Scout Mob for a $10 off coupon).  FirstWatch took some breakfast and lunch clients from HH.  HH did not change with Dunwoody.

I'll probably be asked to resign from the DHA (Dunwoody Homeowners Association) when I say that HH's location is perfect for a Waffle House, but it is a perfect spot for a Waffle House.  I know, it's not off a major interstate, but the traffic count on Dunwoody's Main Street (aka Chamblee Dunwoody Road) would support it.  The local teens love WH and the Dunwoody Tavern faithful can fill it late night.  With State Farm bringing hundreds of 24/7 reps to work in Perimeter, these folks will want a place to go at 5 AM for a bite to eat.  Would a Zaxby's make it at that location?  I am not alone when I say that I hope another bank does not take that spot, but it wouldn't surprise me.  A pizza place?  Doubtful. A burger place?  Nope.

Possible Options for the HH spot:

Pollo Tropical,  Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Grub, Newk's, A Chinese place? A bar?


Joe Seconder said...

I will not rest until Dunwoody gets a bonafide restaurant listed on the Eater Atlanta top 38

Kathryn said...


dpgroupie said...

Where did you hear it is permanently closed? I heard it was only temporary, for "renovations".

Anonymous said...

How dare this long time establishment closed their doors without even a notice to all of their long time loyal customers!! The management did not have the friendliest outgoing demeanor to the customers, but their staff truly made up for their short comings. It was the place to go to enjoy friends, family as well as receiving the best customer service around. Our grandchildren will be devastated as they always looked forward to going to "Old Hickory's House" and eating Mickey Mouse pancakes with marshmallows on top. I have heard from good sources, that yes indeed, the OHH is closed for good. Such a shame to treat your customers who have been like family in such a way. Shame on you!!!