Friday, May 20, 2022

[CLOSURE ALERT] Olde Blind Dog Bows out of Brookhaven

Popular bar makes an "Irish Goodbye" in Brookhaven.  Olde Blind Dog, a TOWN Brookhaven mainstay since its opening in 2012, has closed.  The restaurant, located in a nearly 5,000 square foot space adjacent to The Goodwynn apartment community, opened in April 2012 and closed as of May 16.  In 2015, Irish Pubs Global Federation named Olde Blind Dog "Irish Pub of the Year."  The Brookhaven outpost was the restaurant's second location following the original in Crabapple Market in Milton, which remains open.  

Despite having a first-generation restaurant space, the owners did an amazing job of giving the space character and ambiance beyond its years, to the point where you felt like it had been there forever.  We at ToNeTo Atlanta were especially fond of their tater tots which they, unlike basically all other restaurants, prepared in-house.  

No official reason was provided for the closure, but sources close to the restaurant tell ToNeTo Atlanta that the Brookhaven outpost had underperformed Milton for an extended period of time.  

Old Blinde Dog is now one of more than a dozen eateries to have closed in TOWN Brookhaven since its inception.  Prior to its closure, Old Blinde Dog, Moe's Southwest Grill and THERE were the last three eateries still in business from the project's original debut.  Some spaces, such as those currently occupied by HOBNOB and Red Pepper Taqueria, have changed concepts/operators multiple times.  

ToNeTo Atlanta previously reported that Crumbl Cookies opened in place of a onetime Which Wich? and Kilwin's opened in place of a former Marble Slab Creamery.  Also, The Wing Guru is expected to open soon in place of Tanaka Ramen and Noodle Bar.  

Will you miss Olde Blind Dog in TOWN Brookhaven?  What would you like to see open in place of Olde Blind Dog in TOWN Brookhaven?  What is your favorite Brookhaven area restaurant?

Please share your thoughts below.  

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

TOWN Brookhaven is not my favorite development by any stretch. The Publix there is pretty good but the center is difficult to maneuver. The insane Costco traffic doesn't help. I go there but not as often as I would with a little better mix of tenants.

Anonymous said...

This is going to sound like an old person comment: While the pub was ok, it was one of an increasing number of spots that have replaced menus with QR codes pasted to the tables. Having to look at a menu on a phone is annoying, enough to make me not want to go back. I want to be able to scan the whole menu, not scroll through it a column at a time. And I AM old enough that I can't see to do that if I've got my (farsighted) contact lenses in!

So there! Sweet revenge for not having real menus.

(And turn down that damned music! It's 4pm and some of us are trying to sleep!)

Anonymous said...

Very sad to see them close. We would drive from Midtown to have dinner there.

Anonymous said...

Can’t speak for the Brookhaven location but the Milton location has gone down hill, even before COVID. The quality of the food and service have declined.

Jay Damoli said...

Love the old person comment - and I concur! Those QR code menus SUCK!

Waldrep said...

I'm very distraught over this, but not that surprised. My wife & I are regulars there and it had been a long time since we'd seen a big crowd there for some reason. I don't why it didn't draw in more customers. The food was always great and the service was usually pretty good.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the old person comment - totally agree.
We recently went to a restuarant in Nashville which has carried it even further. Not only do you have to pull up the menu on your phone, but you also have to order your drinks and meal from your phone and pay the bill on your phone.

This allows the restaruant to operate all their tables with just a couple servers, which I guess is better than having to wait 45 minutes for a table when the restaurant is only half full.

I hated it. Several of the menu items were far from self-explanatory so we still had to call over a server to ask questions. Can't imagine someone in their 70s trying to negotiate that.

Anonymous said...

Waldrep, youre right about long time since huge crowd. For whatever reason, they never quite recovered from Covid as many others did, in my opinion. Was a great place pre-Covid.

Anonymous said...

I’m also distraught. I craved their wings and dog house salad weekly. I loved the bartenders and the vibe. Will definitely miss this place. :(

Anonymous said...

I will never, ever patronize any restaurant that cannot provide me with a printed menu and take my verbal order.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to see some other Irish pub entity take over this space.

Anonymous said...

Loved their Dog House salad with blackened salmon. RIP.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Town Brookhaven. When is another movie theater going to open in the Cinebistro location? Someone would save a ton on build out.

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