Front Burner: Two new Asian markets for Gwinnett, Cabbagetown Market reopens
Making homemade noodles at Assi Plaza (Credit: Vino Wong)
Gwinnett County — already a wonderland of Asian supermarkets with Super H Mart, Assi Plaza and the Gwinnett International Farmers Market — will soon have two more mega markets. Great Wall Supermarket, a Chinese grocer based in the Northeast, and Mega Mart, a Korean grocer, are both gearing to open.
I’m particularly excited about Mega Mart, which will take over the Macy’s space in Gwinnett Place Mall. It will be the first mall-based supermarket — rare here but more commonplace in Asia.
The AJC’s Rachel Tobin Ramos has the full, well-researched story here.
In other news:
- A reopening: Lisa Hanson writes to say that she has reopened the Cabbagetown Market after a four-month closure. Lots of goodies: “Making our own ice cream in house: Chai; Brown Sugar Vanilla; Peppermint Stick; Pandan; Chocolicious; Mango Sorbet; Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet; Coffee. Cones, cups and toppings. We’re also carrying King of Pops: Grapefruit Mint; Chocolate Sea Salt; Blood Orange; Blackberry Lemonade. Flavors of ice cream and pops will change weekly.We also have: White Oak Pastures Beef; Mike Thompson Bacon; Soy Shop Tofu; Sparkman’s milk and butter; Carlton Farms eggs and raw milk; Atlanta Fresh Greek Yogurt and Arden’s Juices. Alon’s Bakery Baguettes; Southern artisan cheeses; local honey and grits.And, as always, toilet paper and light bulbs.”
- New chefs: Stacie Vande Wetering, formerly of the Benchwarmers chain of sports bars, will take over the top toque at W Hotel Perimeter and its restaurant, Savu. Jamie Allred, formerly of Ophelia’s World Cafe in Asheville, will replace the legendary Louis Osteen at the Restaurant at the Lake Rabun Hotel. A source close to Osteen says he is still considering options.
- Lunch: Dogwood Restaurant in Midtown is now open for lunch. Who wants a “Southern Philly” sandwich with braised short rib, caramelized Vidalia onions and pimento cheese on a hoagie roll with a fried pickle?