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Dogwood Restaurant closes

Scott Black, co-owner of Dogwood restaurant

Scott Black, co-owner of Dogwood restaurant

Dogwood Restaurant, the upscale Southern farm-to-table eatery across from Bank of America Plaza on Peachtree Street has closed, according to the restaurant’s publicist. Owners Shane Touhy and Scott Black (left) told the staff after service on Saturday night that the restaurant would not reopen.

Prior to opening Dogwood, Touhy was the chef at the Blue Ridge Grill in Buckhead. Here’s the official statement:

Dogwood Restaurant, located at 565 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Ga., is closed as of Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

While Dogwood has been overwhelmed by the support of loyal customers, the current economic environment and lower than anticipated sales have led ownership to make this unfortunate decision.

Dogwood is appreciative of the remarkable service and support offered by its team of employees and put forth by all of its partners and vendors. The team remains proud of the impression Dogwood made on the Atlanta dining scene.

No word on what will replace Dogwood in the lovely, bi-level dining room with an open kitchen, soaring ceilings and an upstairs dining loft.

73 comments Add your comment

blazerdawg

June 13th, 2011
5:16 pm

Very sorry to understand…best wishes to Chef Touhy in future endeavors.

Too bad for BOA too. First Atlanta or C&S probably would have offered more assistance, but if the sales were not there, then not much to do.

JJPJ

June 13th, 2011
5:18 pm

Sad to hear this… Dogwood was a favorite of my wife and I and was always spot-on in execution and service. Unfortunately, the location in “no man’s land” between Midtown and Downtown probably didn’t help the cause. Look forward to seeing what Shane and Scott come up with next!

Steve

June 13th, 2011
5:19 pm

What you get for your hope and change.

george

June 13th, 2011
5:20 pm

the impression it made on this on this atlanta visitor and twice diner at dogwood is that the priceswere too high for the food and service we received. it seemed focused on the expense account/tax deduction diner rather than people who enjoy sharing good food and friends on a purely social basis.

[...] The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that the upscale Southern farm-to-table eatery across from Bank of America Plaza at 565 Peachtree Street will close its doors for good ss of Tuesday, June 14. [...]

KEAD

June 13th, 2011
5:45 pm

I’m so sorry to see them go, and I hope that Touhy and Black will remain in Atlanta and apply their creative energies to a new endeavor.

Billy Bob

June 13th, 2011
5:49 pm

Jeff: How many times did you eat there? Its probably a long way from your double wide.

Vince Lombardi

June 13th, 2011
6:06 pm

Location, location, location….they should’ve relocated to Decatur on the square or Va Highlands.

tim

June 13th, 2011
6:07 pm

ANY restaurant that employs a publicist is overpriced.

DD

June 13th, 2011
6:10 pm

Hey DD, same time every Tue. 10:00a.m., Thur. the 1:00 p.m. time. The police acted stupidly!

jack bauer

June 13th, 2011
6:22 pm

Changing times? You bet……..

Charles

June 13th, 2011
6:26 pm

Great place….bad location, unfortunately.

DD & Jeff…go back to your pig pens.

Anthony

June 13th, 2011
6:54 pm

They catered to customers with big expense accounts and big “business entertainment” tax write-offs. When our economic situation caused reductions in these accounts their free spending clients could not continue to support them on a regular basis. Their lack of any flexibility made closing the only option.

bill

June 13th, 2011
6:55 pm

“Owners Shane Touhy and Scott Black (left) told the staff after service on Saturday night that the restaurant would not reopen.” So they gave the staff no notice?

Gracieelweiner@comcast.net

June 13th, 2011
6:57 pm

I never made to Dogwood, but thought about it many times. The one major thing that bothers me about midtown is getting me or my vehicle ripped off by the thugs in Atlanta. Paying high prices goes with the territory of that area, plus eating at an establishment in the same price league as those Buckhead eateries, means that the expense account limits the general public from enjoying a good dinner at a fair price. Went to Bones for many years, and even with the high prices, the service started to slow down, the hookers were on the increase, and the economy took a big hit.

Chops is a competitor of Bones in same fashion, but with stinky cigar smokes in the entire dining area
because the bar is open. Doesn’t make any sense, but that is there policy. No kids allowed.

So, here falls another pricy joint that someone had big dreams, spent alot of money, lost their shirts only to prove that this was nothing new. The egos really get in the way most of the time when it comes to opening up a dining establishment. Most of the time though, the food surpasses the ego.

outonleave

June 13th, 2011
7:00 pm

My thought exactly, Bill. I hope Touhy and Black get the help they deserve at the next joint they open.

Native Atlantan

June 13th, 2011
7:16 pm

Never been there, and now never will.

Jake Ryan

June 13th, 2011
7:26 pm

Way to put your E-Mail address out there Gracie lol #Fail

he

June 13th, 2011
7:36 pm

Only went once but loved it. Never returned because of location.

TrickyD!ck

June 13th, 2011
7:39 pm

Really, a nice place. Ate there several times and was always pleased. I’m not a huge spender but they treated me and my friends/dates/coworkers well always. People who never ate there have ZERO to offer in this discussion. Also, just as an FYI to some, there are no Value Meals or SuperSizing options at good eateries. Of course it’s expensive, dummies.

PJ

June 13th, 2011
7:41 pm

Took my other half to Dogwood for birthday dinner. I was very disappointed by the mediocre food and service. Our waitress was inattentive, a bit scattered at times, and was generally in a rotten mood. The food had sloppy presentation, was overcooked, and not of the quality you’d expect for a $30 entree. I didn’t say anything as I didn’t want to spoil the evening, but I did call the next day and spoke to the manager. Unfortunately, he also had a chip on his shoulder and questioned why I hadn’t complained as the poor service and food unfolded. He got defensive and a bit combative and I ended up ending the conversation out of frustration. I’m not surprised to learn that Dogwood is closing. While I do believe location played a role in it’s demise, I also believe the food quality and service were not up to par to support the “fine dining” image it was trying to portray. No sweat off my back – another undistinguished restaurant off the map.

MIKE

June 13th, 2011
7:43 pm

PEACHTREE STREET STREET WILL NEVER EVOLVE!

Tracy

June 13th, 2011
7:46 pm

What goes around, comes around. The place has attitude, the Owner’s have attitude. The restaurant industry is tough. You can’t expect to run a restaurant the way these folks did and expect that it will be a money maker. Cest la vie honey!

Out In The Burbs

June 13th, 2011
7:51 pm

Have dined there twice, but while the food was good, the service was great, and the atmosphere inside the restaurant was nice, the experience with the neighborhood left much to be desired. Getting assaulted by multiple panhandlers on both occasions in just the short distance from their parking to their front door tended to put a serious damper on the evenings enjoyment. With a better location (or better security), I would have been a more frequent visitor.

ChzGrits

June 13th, 2011
8:05 pm

Disappointing. The Lady and I enjoyed dinner there twice in the last 6 weeks. We had great service and enjoyed the food. From a midtown condo we enjoy walking to dinner – though I’ll admit that the Dogwood location was not conducive to walks home after a 9-10 pm dinner. Just not enough “mass” along the entire stretch of midtown. There are pockets of entertainment / great restuarants, but also lots of gaps with empty storefronts/vacant lots/panhandlers. The gaps make it less comfortable to walk and enjoy the entire stretch from the BOA building to the High; or from a downtown hotel to Dogwood, for example — even for those of us who are used to “city living”. Too high a “hassle” factor.

Lisa

June 13th, 2011
8:21 pm

So sorry to hear that. It was a great restaurant mostly becaue of the professionalism of Scott and Shane. Food was delicious and they were both so friendly. I hate that Peachtree Street won’t have this great spot to help draw others. Good luck to you guys!

Josh

June 13th, 2011
8:34 pm

Dined there a couple times. Food/service/ambience was on par for this type of restaurant every time I’ve been. Also considered purchasing condo in reynolds bldg as 2nd “city” home but sketchy neighborhood turned us off. So glad we didn’t buy, the other retail storefronts have been vacant since the bldg was built in 2006/2007. Any idea if anything will ever replace it?

Diner

June 13th, 2011
9:34 pm

My husband and I went to Dogwood once and really enjoyed it. The food was delicious, and the service was great. Unfortunately after we left the restaurant and started to walk to the deck, a man unzipped his pants and peed on the sidewalk right in front of us. Kind of ruined our nice evening. I agree that location was the issue!

1164mgc

June 13th, 2011
9:54 pm

Sounds like “the current economic environment” had less to do with it and their poor choice of location had more to do with it. Never been here, and it sounds like a great restaurant, but I’m getting tired of people always blaming the economy when their restaurant closes. Atlanta has a lot of competition, and people ARE eating out. There are a lot of factors that go into whether or not someone frequents a restaurant, not just the economy.

rich

June 13th, 2011
10:11 pm

Hey Gracieelweiner@comcast.net, do me a favor….or us a favor….stay home!!!! You’re an amateur diner…ppl in the service industry run away from customers like you…let me guess, you also complain that the dining room is too cold or the room is too dark….or the music is too loud!!! You tip about 15%, and that’s only because you’re in the company of your friends or co-workers….so stay home miss conservative….republican….ohhhh yes I did!!!!!

Atlantan

June 13th, 2011
10:13 pm

Sorry to see it not workout for them. I dined there for lunch quite a few times and enjoyed the food and service. I agree the location didn’t help and the recession hurt too – the BOA building isn’t full and the propsed Cousins condo nearby never materialized. They should’ve had valet parking as I never felt particularly safe walking from their parking garage to their restaurant. Good luck to the owners in the future.

Grtasshopper

June 13th, 2011
11:06 pm

The real surprise here is that Dogwood lasted as long as it did.

The food was expensive but not that far off; service fine. The real problem, as others have stated is the area. You’ve got the scuzzy homeless shelter down the block, about 3 churches handing out styro-food within a quarter of a mile and Crackhead Park just to your east. And a hospital…and a bank….and that’s it. The rest is ghost-town baby.

I’m sure everyone would thought gentrification would come soon but things didn’t go that way. Too bad, but these guys will be back, hopefully in less third-world environs.

Baltisraul

June 14th, 2011
7:04 am

If you don’t have an endless supply of cash to keep a fine expensive resturant going; do what the real profit makers do. Sell a-heap-sell-it-cheap.In todays economy these guys just keep racking it in. Hope the light goes on soon. We will not have any good chefs left when the eonomy improves in 5 or 6 years.

What ever happened to that The Brunch Resturant? You know the one; Yea, the one that was not open for Sunday Brunch.

Kristen

June 14th, 2011
8:57 am

Ate there a few times before shows at the Fox. The location was definitely a problem. What a shame that area is.

donkey200

June 14th, 2011
9:13 am

Sorry to hear that. My hubby and I finally ate there and the meal was wonderful as was the service. Very expensive, though. Glad I got to check out before it closed.

MIKE

June 14th, 2011
10:26 am

THE SHELTER ON PINE STREET RUINS THE WHOLE AREA FOR SIX BLOCKS IN EVERY DIRECTION.

Lorenzo

June 14th, 2011
10:57 am

The “no-man’s land” between downtown and midtown could be tamed by a Peachtree St. trolley.

KEO

June 14th, 2011
11:34 am

Sad day for the ATL when a restaurant on the corner of Peachtree & North Ave. is considered a bad location….the Peasant survived for ages a couple of blocks away…depressing.

Midtown123

June 14th, 2011
12:09 pm

If you folks from the burbs can’t get off your high horse and come to a part of town that actually has character, then please stay away and dine in your shopping centers. Peachtree Street will never evolve? Then why is there new construction in the same area as this restaurant!? Are you’re telling me there’s no crime in the burbs? Yes, it is lower, but that’s because the panhandlers can’t figure out where to go..everything looks the same and lacks serious character.

John Kessler

June 14th, 2011
12:10 pm

Well said, KEO

Midtown123

June 14th, 2011
12:10 pm

No man’s land between Midtown and Downtown? That area is Midtown you jackwads. Please educate yourself before make comments.

Peter White

June 14th, 2011
12:18 pm

the location was terrible

Quick Work Break

June 14th, 2011
12:26 pm

MIKE had it right. Until the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter closes, the area will not be attractive to investors of any kind.
And Midtown123: Dogwood is Downtown (south of North Ave.), so not sure why you’re demeaning people.

Matt

June 14th, 2011
12:33 pm

Rich – You are a dumba$$

ATL Law Lady

June 14th, 2011
12:58 pm

My first and only experience at Dogwood was for a business dinner a while back. The food was only “meh” and the service was horrendous. It was a Wednesday night and even though the restaurant was practically empty, they had only one waiter taking care of our entire party of 12. He served a corked bottle of wine and, when it was brought to his attention, he did not even replace everyone’s glasses. We waited 45 minutes between the appetizer and the entree and another 30 minutes to get the check (which was all on one bill, so no splitting issues).

I’m not surprised that it closed.

SouthofNorthAvenue

June 14th, 2011
1:05 pm

It doesn’t matter if it is downtown or midtown, it is still Atlanta. The Dogwood would have flourished in a better economy. I live very close to the restaurant. I found it to be good, but very pricey. Not the place to eat on a regular basis. The Dogwood lasted over two years, but failed to find the right niche. The building only has valet parking. The Pine Street shelter does not present the problem it once did. The Atlanta Police zone office across the street has helped. I hope a good chain restaurant will locate there. The space is beautiful, with a nice outdoor patio. Great location to eat before going to the Fox.

Typical Redneck

June 14th, 2011
1:14 pm

A Peachtree St. Trolley? What a great way for Atlanta to waste more tax dollars.

who cares

June 14th, 2011
1:30 pm

over priced food, bad location, service sub par from everyone is saying it appears this was a hit and run operation and was doomed to fail.

What a shame

June 14th, 2011
1:35 pm

If most of you Gwinnetians are correct, then restaurants such as South City Kitchen or Empire State South would not thrive as they do. It’s a shame to see this restaurant go under, if you had bad service once and did not go back, that is your fault, the service industry has a great deal of turnover, especially if you are bad. If you want the exact same service and menu carved in stone, stay OTP and enjoy Applebee’s, I think they have a value menu for those who don’t want to pay for quality food in a great atmosphere. Shame on you for applauding the failure of a business or those who dared to try it on there own.

John Riley

June 14th, 2011
1:44 pm

Wow. Too bad! I quite liked Dogwood. I thought it could have been priced better, but it had great delivery overall. I’m sad to see it go. If only the homeless shelter would relocate, I think that whole area would improve greatly!