The Little White House in Brookhaven

A popular chef will open a new restaurant in the “Little White House,” the original home of Brookhaven’s city government, at 2536 Caldwell Road.

Dubbed Dixie Moon, the restaurant is the brainchild of Brookhaven chef Scott Serpas, who runs the successful Serpas True Food in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. The restaurant will reuse a small white house that Brookhaven’s then-new city government first used as a kind of City Hall in 2012. The restaurant plan also involves constructing a two-story brick addition.

Brookhaven City Council on Aug. 25 approved a rezoning to allow the restaurant use, despite strong concerns about parking. The restaurant will have only 15 parking spaces, which meets a current zoning code requirement that is based on square-footage, not use.

Serpas committed to using valet parking that he claims will squeeze up to 28 cars onto the lot, but that cannot be enforced or made part of the zoning decision. Serpas staged a pop-up restaurant event at the site several months ago. He said that drew about 120 people, most of whom did not drive.

In a work session prior to the Aug. 25 meeting, the City Council discussed the ongoing parking crunch in the area and speculated on the possibility of the city or a private developer creating a parking deck or similar solution.