Is Thirsty Dog Tavern in Buckhead closed?

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It’s hard to say if South Buckhead’s Thirsty Dog Tavern closed, considering the restaurant never fully opened.

Hear us out.

They’ve had “temporary” signage since they took over the space back in March 2010, covering the permanent signs from the former concept that occupied the space, Vita.

Located at 2110 Peachtree Road NW, the restaurant’s temporary signage was removed today exposing Vita’s, the former concept which originally opened in 2008.

Dave Heany, formerly of Star Community Bar in Little Five Points and Vita’s Tony LaRocco opened Thirsty Dog Tavern last year.

Phone calls to the restaurant go unanswered during business hours and their website,, no longer exists (if it ever did, that is).

It could be that they’ve finally gotten a permanent marquee and will be installing it shortly. Highly doubtful, but possible. We’ll let you know what we find out in the morning.

Even we wouldn’t send a dog out on a night like this.


(H/T to reader Ross Bruce (@wrossbruce) for scouting out these deets. Photo credit: Foodie Buddha)

Thirsty Dog Tavern
2110 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.
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9 years ago

The web site definitely existed at one point. I remember going to it to see if the place made sense for a happy hour I was planning awhile back.

9 years ago

The signs have actually been down since new year’s eve. Can’t wait to hear what’s going on.

9 years ago

i always wanted to check the place out, but the one time i was in the area with my dog it was freezing outside, and since you can only take them on the patio, i drove by to see if they had some sort of heaters or enclosure out there. They didn’t. if you’re trying to attract customers with their dogs in winter, that’s not the way to do it. That was in mid-December. I also wanted to hear about the cat room they were supposedly installing. but if you can’t have dogs inside why would you be able to… Read more »

9 years ago

I was hoping to take my dog to this place, but the whole patio-in-winter thing wasn’t appealing (as mentioned by a previous commenter). I went there for brunch once, and it was tasty enough–not busy, though. Same goes for the previous iteration, Vita. Oh well. Guess I’ll have to stick to taking the pupster to the Treehouse deck once the weather heats up.

9 years ago

You can not take your dog to the patio (where the humans sit and eat outside), the dogs stay in an grassy area that is the size of a Hyundai Elantra. It’s pathetic. Their menu is 80% of Vita’s old menu. There’s paper covering the doors facing Peachtree and none of the neon signs are on since they leave them on all the time. This place was doomed since the idea of opening a dog park bar nowhere near a park or have a fenced in area for dogs. Half ass idea. Might as well open another subpar taqueria or… Read more »

9 years ago

This is what I heard.. Whoever still had the building has been allowing it to be used for club events at night, but they did not renew their liquor license, so no more legal alcohol can be sold there.

Supposedly the club promoter showed up for his NYE party and there was no alcohol on site and that’s when he heard they were “closing.”

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