When you think of amusement park fare, pizza, hot dogs, and cotton candy likely come to mind. But Mandy and Kelvin Slater, the husband-and-wife duo behind Skyline Park, the Coney Island-style amusement park on the Roof at Ponce City Market, are taking fair food to a new level. With the opening of Nine Mile Station, a beer garden adjacent to Skyline Park, in mid-October, Atlantans will be able to dine on charcuterie, crudité, schnitzel, and more, all while taking in the panoramic view nine stories above the city.
Described as a modern beer garden, Nine Mile Station will serve European-inspired New American cuisine in small, medium, and large plates designed for sharing. The kitchen will be led by Jonathan McDowell, formerly of Barcelona Wine Bar. There will be pressed sandwiches, sausages, and mixed grill featuring steak, pork, chicken, and vegetables. Wash it down with your choice of 12 beers on tap, 12 to 15 by the bottle, and a wine and craft cocktail list that includes beer-tails on tap. Try the Nine Mile Station Old Fashioned, made with tea leaf-infused bourbon, Luxardo syrup, cherries, and bitters. A reserved list will be available, too. Rob Merrick, formerly of Cypress Street Pint & Plate, will be the assistant general manager and “beer guru.”
“It’s a traditional beer garden in the sense that it’s community-style seating intended for groups,” Mandy Slater says. “The menu is designed to bring together a lot of people and share a lot of things.”
Open to walk-ins from Skyline Park, as well as those who pre-book using the Tock reservation system, Nine Mile Station will seat about 75 diners inside, plus 144 outside on picnic benches. There will be bars both inside and out, two fire pits, Adirondack seating, an open kitchen, and a lot of greenery.
Nine Mile Station is named after the Nine Mile Circle, a streetcar line that Atlantans used to access the area in the 1920s. It will likely be open Monday through Friday starting at 3 p.m., and all day on weekends. Slater says the team will likely offer a brunch menu soon after opening.