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This summer, local retailer Arshid and his wife, Sandy, will open an as-yet-unnamed denim hub at Ponce City Market. Arshid plans to offer indigo in every imaginable size, wash, and style, from the most basic ($50 Levi’s) to the most exclusive (handcrafted Japanese denim).
Meherwan Irani, founder of Chai Pani in Decatur and Asheville, is opening a food stall in Ponce City Market called Boti, the name for a marinated, grilled, and skewered chunk of meat. “With Chai Pani, we introduced Indian street food to America, but there are subcultures of it,” he explains. “At Chai Pani, it was about chaat—bright, crispy, multi-textured snacks like samosas or pakoras. Boti is about the street grill at night when the fires start blazing. It’s a style of kebab—lamb, beef, chicken, fish. It’s meat on a stick.”
With big-box favorites like West Elm and J.Crew already slated to anchor the massive retail space at Ponce City Market, developer Jamestown Properties rounded out the offerings this week, giving Atlanta Magazine the scoop on a slew of mostly new-to-market independent boutiques.
A look at 4 of Atlanta's newest restaurants, including Superica, Community Smith, Illegal Food, and Colletta.
Guy Wong’s Ponce City Market restaurant Ton Ton is slated to open August 16. The “little wooden jewel box” on the corner of the Ponce City Market Food Hall will have a ramen bar, yakitori bar, beverage bar called Unsung, and a separate sushi kiosk, explains creative director Nicholas Bown-Crawford.
The richest Atlanta households earn almost 20 times more than the city’s poorest residents: $288,159 compared to $14,988.
Cofounders Jackson Smith and Wes Jones point out a sketch taped onto the floor of Honeysuckle Gelato’s Westside production facility. Made of blue painters tape, the improvised rendering is about 180 square feet—the size of the gelato-sorbet startup’s retail shop at Ponce City Market that’s slated to open this spring.
An Italian market, eatery, wine bar, and culinary club called Bellina Alimentari will open in Ponce City Market’s Food Hall this spring or summer. At 4,000 square feet, it will inhabit the largest space in the food hall. The mind behind the project, Tal Postelnik Baum, is an Israeli architect and designer who spent the last seven years in Florence, Italy working in restaurants. After moving to Atlanta to be with family, she decided to “bring some of that Italian charm back to the [South],” she says.
When Ponce City Market opens this spring, will Hugh Acheson (Empire State South, Five & Ten, the National, and the Florence) be among the tenants? We think so.