An alert DunwoodyTalk reader sent us a photo of a 'for sale' sign posted on the front door of the Old Hickory House. Rumor on the street says a bank is interested in the property and is already in negotiations.
But expect a bidding war for the coveted spot. A local cyclist is spearheading a group of investors to put in a Petals and Pedals franchise. Petals and Pedals, with its corporate headquarters in Ashvile, NC (and its franchise arm based in Berkeley, CA) is a new concept sweeping suburbia. The stores are half bike shop, half organic/locally farmed & grown green cafe. "We are seeing great franchise growth since UN Agenda 21 was signed into law by Executive Order by Obama," said Penelope Burkinstalk. "Our citizens of the World should know we offer only resting spots for bicycles and electric cars here. One can get her bike chain and bike seat lubed in the 'pedal' zone while enjoying a piece of toasted pine bark and butterfly mucus dip in the 'petal' zone.
"We're interested in a financial institution of some sort, either a traditional bank or an investment house arm location," said Katie Wescaught, a representative of the Dunwoody Chamber. "Dunwoody is proud to offer first-class banking options for metro Atlanta.
But Yvonne Sprinkle, a spokesperson for the CVB disagreed. "The CVB anticipates a more traditional retail offering such as a pet store or a check cashing store. Everyone knows we have plenty of banks here."
Bill Robsman of the DHA disagreed with both the CVB and Chamber. "As long as it's Williamsburg traditional design in nature, we support the steam car wash moving to this location, or possibly a pawn shop, massage parlor, or methadone clinic. Dunwoody lacks all those amenities but they are all in demand."
Other rumors suggest the Georgia Music Hall of Fame may be eyeing the location as is the Dunwoody Dog Park Association.
Local breakfast seekers are having a tough go of it this week. "I tried getting a seat over at the BP this morning, but those old guys wouldn't budge. They show up at like 6 AM and hang out until noon. What's up with that?" asked Bob Lunger. Terri Knawl, a frequent Hick House visitor commented, "I'm a basic eggs and toast guy. Quinos bowls and Crepes? What the hell? I can't go there," as he pointed across the street.
Eric Monahan Spruill said he is at his last straw. "You really think I want to sit down every morning at home for breakfast and have my wife tell me about the kids' school work and hear about her Alta team? I'm headed to the Waffle House over there in Georgetown until,this gets sorted out."