What’s new on metro Atlanta dining scene

New Meehan’s open in Buckhead

The fifth and newest location of Meehan’s Public House opened in Buckhead last week in the former Aspen Bartini space on East Paces Ferry Road. The Irish-style pub from 101 Concepts restaurant group and executive chef Brian O’Rourke has locations in Sandy Springs, Vinings, Atlantic Station and downtown Atlanta. New features in Buckhead include a semiprivate dining room, a fireplace gathering area, and a large front patio. 322 E. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. meehansbuckhead.com/buckhead_home.html.

Old Hickory closed in Dunwoody

One of the longest-running restaurants in metro Atlanta, the Dunwoody location of the Old Hickory House on Chamblee Dunwoody Road, has closed. The beloved Southern barbecue spot known for its hearty breakfasts and Brunswick stew was once one of 14 Atlanta locations. But now, after a long string of closings, only the Old Hickory House on Northlake Parkway in Tucker remains. 2202 Northlake Parkway, Tucker, 770-939-8621.

‘Hamburger America’ screening

Hosted by Farm Burger, with the Atlanta Film Festival, the 10th anniversary screening of George Motz’s award-winning documentary, “Hamburger America,” lands at the Plaza Theatre on Sept. 9. Motz, billed as “America’s foremost hamburger expert,” will be on hand for a Q&A and sign copies of his book, “Hamburger America.” The event begins at 7 p.m. Included in the ticket price are Farm Burger samples of Green Chile, Goober, and Butter burgers. $18. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta. Information and tickets, farmburger.net or 404-808-5624.

Atlanta Meatball Festival

Atlanta restaurants will be dishing up their best meatballs in a “battle of the balls” at the “San Gennaro-type” Atlanta Meatball Festival competition on Sept. 14 at the Belle Isle Square parking lot next to Cibo e Beve. Produced by TasteATL and hosted by Cibo e Beve chef Linda Harrell, the event will benefit Open Hand Atlanta. Look for meatballs from No. 246, Bhojanic, Double Zero, Seven Lamps, St. Cecilia and many more. $40 advance/$45 at the event. 2-6 p.m. Belle Isle Square, 4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta. atlantameatballfestival.com.

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