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New ideas, smaller portions, and increased demand: How four Atlanta pop-up chefs and bakers adjusted in the pandemic
When the pandemic shut down Atlanta in mid-March, Nick Melvin made the difficult decision to furlough himself from his chef position at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. But he couldn’t keep out of the kitchen for too long and soon launched a burrito pop-up out of his house called Poco Loco.
It was her mother's Korean fried chicken recipe, and a "growing obsession to show everyone just how out-of-this-world it is,” that inspired marketing consultant Stephanie Watson to become a chef.
As obvious as the physical transformation of Atlanta’s restaurant scene has been, an underground dining revolution is also underway. The latter—waged by chefs hosting pop-up “restaurants” and dinner series, as well as entrepreneurs offering incubating spaces—isn’t as easy to observe as the former. But it’s similarly impressive. In many ways, it’s more impressive.
After Jarrett Stieber launched his beloved pop-up Eat Me Speak Me at Gato in 2014, many considered him Atlanta’s unofficial pop-up king. Stieber recently moved Eat Me Speak Me to S.O.S Tiki Bar in Decatur, and the new incarnation is more restaurant than pop-up, according to the chef.
Less than 24 hours after Kanye West posted the list of pop-up stores selling merchandise promoting the tour for his seventh studio album, The Life of Pablo, lines extended at least 100 deep at Lenox Square.
Whether you’re a seasoned artist, an amateur dabbler, or just want some discounted cosmetics, here are four reasons to hit up the Makeup Show Atlanta Pop-Up Shop this weekend.
In recent years, the nationwide demand for Japan’s star slurper has come to a boil. Just ask Andy Tran, whose ramen pop-up, Ramen Crush ATL, has been attracting long lines since last September.