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Ponce City Market has announced the first batch of vendors set to open in its Central Food Hall. Dub’s Fish Camp (Anne Quatrano), H&F Burger (Linton Hopkins), Jia, Honeysuckle Gelato, and Simply Seoul Kitchen (Hannah Chung and Grace Lee) will open in one of the largest brick structures in the Southeast. Openings will be staggered: Dub’s, H&F, Honeysuckle, and Simply Seoul are aiming for spring 2015 and Jia is aiming for winter 2014.
On August 2, 1926, Sears threw a party and 30,000 Atlantans showed up, frantic to peek inside the new 750,000-square-foot retail center on Ponce de Leon Avenue, where all of the 35,000 items in the iconic Sears Roebuck catalog were on display. “If ever there was a doubt in the minds of Atlantans that the company actually kept in stock the thousands upon thousands of articles . . . that doubt was erased after a tour through the building,” enthused an Atlanta Constitution reporter. It was built in a record six months by more than 2,000 workers, and Sears pumped $2 million into the construction job market. That’d be $26 million today; no wonder Mayor Walter Sims was on hand to hoist a flag atop the 232-foot tower.
ATL Food Chatter: July 18, 2011 (To receive the Chatter and other culinary tidbits directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly dining newsletter) The potential for positive economic impact dominated conversation at last week’s announcement that the Jamestown Properties developers had bought City Hall East to turn it into Ponce City Market, targeted to open in early 2014. But for food lovers, the buzz is about what the project will bring in terms of restaurants and purveyors. Michael Phillips, managing director of Jamestown Properties, stated at the press conference that “in the U.S. today, there [are] three truly relevant food halls: Pike Place in Seattle, the Ferry Building in San Francisco, [and] Chelsea Market in New York [which was developed by Jamestown]. We are focused very much on putting a peg in the ground for Atlanta to have the fourth nationally relevant food hall.” He said that in addition to the food hall, which will be located in the center of the two-million-square-foot building (replacing the current exhibition hall), the project will also include organic rooftop organic gardens where local restaurant operators can grow food for their own use.