A community meeting is set for June 22 to discuss plans by SunTrust Bank to open a new bank branch at the Old Hickory House location and also seek a special land use permit from the city of Dunwoody to add more parking to the site.
According to a public notice about the community hearing, SunTrust Bank plans to submit a SLUP to the city of Dunwoody for more parking spaces at the former restaurant’s location at 5490 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. The community meeting will also address questions about the proposed development. The meeting will be at 5486 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Suite 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The property is located in the Dunwoody Village Overlay District and zoned for commercial.
The Old Hickory House opened in 1953 and closed in 2014. At one time it was thought a Texas-based business was going to reopen a new restaurant in the location.
The barbecue restaurant was an iconic institution for the city, not only for eating but for meeting, according to reactions from many when it was announced the restaurant was closing. A photo of the restaurant on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s website when Old Hickory House was closed shows a sign planted in the grass stating “Anything here but a bank.”