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Ponce City Market announces first wave of restaurants

Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall Photo (The Reynolds Group Inc.)

Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall (The Reynolds Group)

Atlanta Magazine’s Covered Dish blog has the scoop on the first wave of restaurants coming to Ponce City Market.

Among the big local names announced today by Jamestown Properties, look for Dub’s Fish Camp from chef Anne Quatrano of Bacchanalia and H&F Burger from chef Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene. Jia, Honeysuckle Gelato, and Simply Seoul Kitchen are also in the mix of staggered openings.

Ponce City Market will occupy 1.1 million square feet of the historic Sears, Roebuck & Company building, with 330,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 475,000 square feet of office space and 259 residential “flats.”

Michael Phillips, COO of Jamestown Properties, offers details and opening dates in an interview with Covered Dish.

— By Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More blog.

75 comments Add your comment

Andy

March 4th, 2014
3:27 pm

That’s fantastic! Then you and your kids can deal with hookers and bums as you walk in from the parking lot.

southern hope

March 4th, 2014
3:31 pm

Andy, ever get to Atlanta? You probably need to spend a bit more time around the Beltline to see the transformation.

james

March 4th, 2014
3:35 pm

Michael

March 4th, 2014
3:38 pm

This is awesome news.

Kev

March 4th, 2014
3:40 pm

It’s so sad when people get stuck in their thinking and don’t have the backbone to venture beyond their mailboxes. But then again diversity is really a mature concept so the little ones probably should stay close to home.

GetAClue

March 4th, 2014
3:46 pm

Hey Andy, might want to actually make a trip into Atlanta before posting such a clueless comment.

Quality Assurance

March 4th, 2014
3:47 pm

Honestly, Andy, keep telling yourself that you and your little ginger babies are better off up there in Cherokee County away from all of us lunatic libs.
Give yourself a hearty pat on the back for being sharp enough to protect them from all the urban danger.
And by all means don’t come down into town with your oversized wife clogging the highways with your dumb minivan.
You’ll be fine.

jan

March 4th, 2014
3:55 pm

Andy, you need to turn off the WSB crap. Their whole objective is to show 24-hour crime news in the hopes of scaring suburbanites half to death so they’ll never venture into the city again. WSB is the worst thing to ever happen to this city.

Michael

March 4th, 2014
4:03 pm

Actually, we are fortunate that the Andy’s of the world won’t even bother to drive in to PCM anyway. They scare me more than the ‘bums and hookers’.

Ned Ludd

March 4th, 2014
4:15 pm

Certainly detest the Andy’s of the world who spout hateful rhetoric with no first hand knowledge of the subject, but all of us familiar with the area know that bums and hookers are a part of that neighborhood. Are they unsightly?…Probably Are they dangerous? Most likely not. Is the Beltline gentrifying the area. Certainly. Unless you are Spike Lee, gentrification has it’s benefits. Shopped in the Sears when younger and never grew tired of my Pop’s Crackers stories. City Market is a great addition, but please make it assimilate into the neighborhood. Taking advantage of the good and the bad. maybe a dining area around the giant magnolia that still stands that once graced Ponce De Leon park.

Tuilly Pardons

March 4th, 2014
4:17 pm

I just hope they have plenty of parking at Ponce City Parking, preferably free. I’d hate to get in my black Lexus, drive all the way here and find out there’s not enough parking.

ProPonce

March 4th, 2014
4:34 pm

I am so glad Andy was the first to post. These comments are fantastic.

Randy

March 4th, 2014
4:35 pm

haha, everyone hates Andy

goat

March 4th, 2014
4:37 pm

No problem Tuilly, the Lexus will be gone when you get back.

Tommy

March 4th, 2014
4:52 pm

I’d prefer hookers and bums over Andy and his brood anytime… Got that, Andy? Just stay away, nobody likes you.

Phil

March 4th, 2014
4:53 pm

Actually, Andy is spot on. My cousin was robbed at gunpoint within a block of PCM last week. The crime situation is real, not pretend. Sad that you guys pretend otherwise.

Billy

March 4th, 2014
4:55 pm

I agree with Andy and Phil. My biggest problem is that most of the hookers aren’t missing all of their teeth.

RealThoughts

March 4th, 2014
5:16 pm

Andy and Phil, please understand that hookers and bums are everywhere. And please understand that GUNS are definitely everywhere. Pay attentin to your surroundings wherever you go and try enjoying life instead of spreading negative experiences. I am sure for every 1 person that encounters a bum or hooker, there are 20 decent people you encounter in the Ponce City Market area.

Phil

March 4th, 2014
5:23 pm

RealThoughts, we don’t have hookers and bums up in Kennesaw. That’s exactly why we don’t allow MARTA up there.

Ned Ludd

March 4th, 2014
5:39 pm

Hey Phil—Tell that to The Cobb Co police, they seem to have a different opinion.

Bust on prostitution, drugs made near Town Center
by Marcus E. Howard
KENNESAW – Cobb Police say the efforts of a thorough patrol officer led to the bust a small-time prostitution business that advertised on Craigslist.

Officer J.R. Israel arrested three women and three men on Saturday as a result of his normal patrol of motels and other locations in precinct one, which covers northwest Cobb. Israel made the arrests after initially interviewing a woman outside of Crestwood Suites, an extended stay motel across from Town Center at Cobb mall, at 2353 Barrett Creek Parkway in Kennesaw.

According to police, the woman told Israel that she was a prostitute and volunteered other information during questioning that led to the arrests and seizure of illegal drugs. Police said the drugs were in plain sight of the officer when motel occupants opened their doors.
Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Bust on prostitution drugs made near Town Center

PhilSux AndySux

March 4th, 2014
5:43 pm

That’s right Phil – no bums and hookers in Kennesaw, just a growing meth and heroine problem amongst the area youth who are bored and uncultured. Can’t blame them anyway, there’s nothing to do but eat at Chili’s and party at Cowboys. Ew.

Phil

March 4th, 2014
5:43 pm

Ned,

Exactly. Our police actually get them off the streets. Unlike in Atlanta where they are out in plain sight.

Ned Ludd

March 4th, 2014
5:45 pm

Who is them?—oh, the ones you say don’t exist. There are none so blind as those who will not see.

lil bit

March 4th, 2014
5:53 pm

Phil, so sorry to burst your utopian bubble, but there are most certainly hookers in Kennesaw!

Dragus

March 4th, 2014
5:58 pm

this lineup looks surprisingly weak, with food “personalities” and not seasoned operators of these concepts – Krog Street gutted PCM with the cream of the crop

jetlagjim

March 4th, 2014
6:02 pm

Great start. Can’t wait to see who else signs on..

ATL Native

March 4th, 2014
6:03 pm

No, Andy was 100% spot on. There is an incredibly seedy hotel/motel right next to the development that is frequented by hookers and homeless people. Atlanta has really been updated in a lot of spots but ponce is still without a doubt a sketchy area. It’s not pro Atlanta or anti Atlanta to note so. I actually lived over in that area not too long ago, unlike most of you who I assume dwell in either Buckhead or Morningside, please make sure you continue to lock your range rover.

James

March 4th, 2014
6:17 pm

Can you people please learn how not to feed the trolls…

Phil

March 4th, 2014
6:25 pm

ATL Native is 100 percent correct.

Horsetoothedjackass

March 4th, 2014
6:41 pm

H&F Burger? So does this kill those rumors of Shake Shack having a location (or two) at Ponce City Market?

Matt

March 4th, 2014
6:43 pm

Yeah, they’re not wrong. Ponce and North, while improving, still have some pretty bad areas. There was a multi-block gun battle reported on in the AJC near the area a couple of months ago. There was also an off duty cop carjacked at gunpoint nearby recently as well (among other less notable incidents, I’m sure).

Don’t pull the hipster lines on people who recognize those areas still aren’t ready for primetime. You want to be on the front lines of gentrification, be my guest. You sound like the many folks I’ve known who moved to EAV, chastised anyone who questioned them, then quietly moved out 8 months later when their doors were kicked in for the fourth or fifth time while away at work.

Phil

March 4th, 2014
7:25 pm

Preach it Matt. These clowns on here are just pretenders with their heads in the sand. Everyone knows there is real crime going on down there and its undoubtedly an unsafe neighborhood.

Billy

March 4th, 2014
7:26 pm

Hey lil bit, any idea how I might find some?

ATLGingers

March 4th, 2014
7:54 pm

Quality Assurance please don’t assume that all gingers live out in Cherokee County hiding out from lunatics. I’m a ginger who lives in the big bad city. The only thing I’m afraid of are narrow minded people who live OTP that think I need to protect myself because I live in the city.

JupiterOne

March 4th, 2014
8:10 pm

Those making all the negative comments about here about Atlanta & Ponce Area are just jealous because they can’t afford to live in the city. Sure glad I don’t have to live in the Kennesaw where they have to pipe in daylight.

Greg

March 4th, 2014
8:27 pm

Crime is everywhere in the city out the city on top of the city under the city. Things happens no matter where you are car are broken into in the city out of the city. People are killed in the city out the city everyday. So what get over it if you don’t want to shop down town on ponce and north av stay away if you don’t like living in that area move out. That don’t mean your car will not get broken into nor your home crim happens. No matter what we post on here that shopping center will open and people are going to shop there weather cars are broken into or people being rob I promise you people are still going to shop and live there. Brain Nicklous shot up the court house did people stop going to court did the judges say their staying home and not going back to the court room. Did the DAs stop trying cases no no no no life goes on. Crime was happening before we came here into this world and believe me it’s going to be happening when we dead and gone. So get over it stay home in the house if that’s what you want to do. Hide your car then if you think it’s going to get broken into and move if you feel like your house is going to be broken into. No one made you move in that area you knew what it was like before you move there.

Rawls

March 4th, 2014
9:15 pm

Greg is keepin it real up in this piece. Crime is way down in the City and the stats PROVE this. So all the naysayers need to STFU. As long as you aren’t unknowingly living in the same apartment as a gay dude, you got nothing to worry about.

Atlantan

March 4th, 2014
9:22 pm

Awesome news – this area is going through a 180 degree turn around. This along with Krog Street will make the area THE dining destination area in Atlanta. Very exciting for this Virginia Highlander!

Jeff

March 4th, 2014
9:24 pm

ATL Native,
That hotel was a source of negativity for sure. The good news is that it has been sold and is going to be redeveloped into something other than the drug and prostitution den it was. The beltline and PCM are doing amazing things for this neighborhood and surrounding n’hoods.

L

March 4th, 2014
9:33 pm

you know whats going to finally happen..they are going to upgrade murder kroger and make it nice…hopefully….

Dr. Socrates

March 4th, 2014
9:36 pm

Andy is spot on. I’ve lived in a Midtown high-rise for three years. It is well-know that venturing into VaHi or around PCM is verboten after 9 PM. Even in your car, bums and hookers come up to you at the intersections on Ponce near PCM and tap on the hoods. People who live in the area should stop trying to sell others on how nice it is; their neighborhood is a high-crime ghetto. Property prices will reflect this soon if not now. The city of Atlanta is becoming more like Detroit everyday. PCM will be the last major development for some time.

Dr. Socrates

March 4th, 2014
9:43 pm

And I’m not defending the suburbs either. I used to lvie in Buckhead. Just got tired of driving and mvoed to the W. No matter where you live, ITP or OTP, there is crime. There is just more of it ITP because the police are inept. You get pistol-whipped for speeding in Gwinnett. You get a free ride for prostitution on Ponce.

c-bear

March 4th, 2014
9:50 pm

lol L …. you need to get down to ponce more often … MK is upgraded and nice … lol …oh, just stay home !

RileyRoo

March 4th, 2014
10:10 pm

Ha! Then stay home…I have lived a block and a half off ponce for 8 years and have never had my hood tapped on by a hooker! There is crime everywhere…if you are scared of Ponce don’t come. Those that live in glass houses…

Abbysenia

March 4th, 2014
11:20 pm

I wish I could afford to live in or near this development!  The prices are out of my range! Maybe one day eventually. Need to find a way to make MOOOOORRRREEEE MONEY! My apartment in this area at the same caliber quality would cost about 2-300 more per month! Shoot it’s creeping near that here in Cobb now! LOL
I wish I could afford to live in or near this development!  The prices are out of my range! Maybe one day eventually. Need to find a way to make MOOOOORRRREEEE MONEY!

Abbysenia

March 4th, 2014
11:29 pm

Just a bunch of racist old timers out here in Cobb who don’t want MARTA. But, sorry to let you know the area of the suburbs is coming to an end. People don’t want to live in their cars. It’s nice up here in Cobb, but most of the people have to drive in the city to afford the so called Cobb lifestyle. It’s back to back track on interstate 75 and 575 in the morning. Where are they going!? To Atlanta, which they claim they despise so much. This development is DRAWING jobs out of the suburbs…because this is where the NEW generation wants to live…not out in the burbs. Cobb has lost Coke, which is also return to the city center. Say what you want, but the homes in Atlanta have a higher property value that most of the ones here in Cobb. Down the road from this development on Ponce you go right in to the Druid Hills/Emory neighborhoods with gorgeous stately manors. They don’t build homes like this anymore. Again…I wish I could afford to live in this area…be able to use the train, the belt line and the new trolley. You would think that we could at least provide limited rail into Cobb county.

Hillary's Food Taster

March 4th, 2014
11:56 pm

What’s I’m interested in is do any of these new restaurants have drive through windows? Crime in mid town is over rated and is less of a problem than in the past. I used to live there before I move to the Burbs and walked in that area all the time. Never was robbed or assaulted. Was propositioned a few times but none of the ladies had enough money for me to service them. One of the strangest sights is people in power wheel chairs in midtown at night along with people walking their pooches. There aren’t any hookers; they all went to the internet. It can’t be that dangerous. Legend is that there is a spring under the old Sears store which is why the street is called Ponce de Leon. The old timers thought that it was the spring that provided eternal youth that the Hispanic dude was looking for. Would like to see it before I kick the bucket.

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1:19 am

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julia adair

March 5th, 2014
7:17 am

personally, i ‘ll take the knuckleheads down on Ponce any day of the week over the bible thumping mouth breathers OTP . the knuckleheads scare me a whole lot less. and for what it’s worth, i DO live in the neighborhood.

Baltisraul....

March 5th, 2014
7:22 am

I love this project. It is not perfect but it is moving in the right direction. Give it some time.