UPDATE (June 7, 2018): Irby’s Tavern Now Open In Buckhead
101 Concepts has sold the Buckhead location of its Meehan’s Public House chain.
New ownership will open Irby’s Tavern in the Irish pub’s place, according to Mark Nelson, general manager of the forthcoming “hometown sports bar.”
Nelson, formerly of Hobnob, is working with Suzanne Vizethann of Buttermilk KItchen on crafting the menu for Irby’s Tavern.
Irby’s Tavern will offer “elevated bar food,” Nelson Sunday told What Now Atlanta in a telephone interview.
“We’ll serve traditional, American fare but done very thoughtfully and executed very well with high-quality ingredients. We’re not taking frozen food and chucking it into the oven.”
Irby’s Tavern gets its name for the “tavern” Henry Irby—the founder of Irbyville (now Buckhead)—opened in the 1800s where provisions and alcohol were sold, as folklore has it.
“Henry Irby’s Tavern became a place to gather, hang out, talk and shoot the shit. That’s the kind of place we’re looking to create.”
Most of the renovations expected will be “cosmetic” including removing every trace of the Irish pub, brightening up the space, and mounting TVs to the walls.
The hometown sports bar could open as early as summer 2018.
“Our team is full of passionate Atlantans and sports fans,” Nelson said. “There’s a void for a sports bar rooting for our hometown of Atlanta. Irby’s Tavern is going to fill that void.”
Meehan’s Public House after dinner service Friday closed its doors for good. The Irish pub was in business for four years.