Kraig Torres spilled the beans to Creative Loafing that he’s set to open his third Hop City Craft Beer & Wine location at Krog Street Market. Torres opened his first Hop City on Atlanta’s Westside in 2009, and a second location followed in Birmingham in 2012.
Torres was a pioneer in the proliferation of beer-to-go growlers in Atlanta. And apparently, the new Hop City at KMS will feature another retail shop wrinkle in the form of an adjacent bar.
Here are more details from a press release sent out today by 360 Media:
Hop City will offer an eclectic and impressive collection of craft beers, fine wines and even their famous growlers. KSM Visitors will have more than 1,000 options to choose from in their new 2,400 sq. ft. location and if that’s not enough, Hop City will have an adjacent 750 sq. ft. bar for guests to sit and sip while at the market.
“We couldn’t think of a better addition to help round out our impressive group of market stalls and tenants than Hop City; they are great operators with a unique concept” said David Cochran, President of Paces Properties. “Frequenters of Hop City will not only be able to shop for their favorite beverages, but will also be able to enjoy a generous selection of craft beer, wine and cocktails at their market bar. We’re confident Hop City is that perfect complement to Krog Street and we are proud to take part in the expansion of such a notable retailer.”
Adding a wine/beer retailer to the Krog Street Market tenant mix didn’t happen overnight and took the support of the Inman Park Neighborhood Association as well as Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall over the past six months.
“All of us at Paces Properties as well as our KSM chefs and tenants felt it was essential to have a bottle shop at Krog Street Market,” explained Cochran. “Inman Park bought in immediately and with Councilman Hall’s insight, guidance and support we were able to navigate the legislative process with the City of Atlanta and bring this partnership with Hop City to fruition.”
“The continued growth of Krog Street Market makes Inman Park a more neighborhood-centric and desirable area for visitors and residents alike,” said Councilman Kwanza Hall. “I look forward to returning to Krog Street Market this summer when it officially opens.”
Luisa’s set to open by April 12
Creative Loafing also reports that Giovanni Di Palma’s new Italian market, Luisa’s, is set to open on Atlanta’s Westside by April 12. Look for prepared foods, groceries and reservations-only dining. Di Palma came to fame with his popular Antico Pizza Napoletana and slowly built an empire around Hemphill Avenue with Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano and Caffe Gio. A new casual spot, Bar Amalfi, also is in the works, along with another concept that will complete Di Palma’s dream of a dining and drinking destination he’s dubbed “Piazza San Gennaro.”
Pig and Pint open in College Park
The Pig and the Pint softly opened on April 1 in the former Michon’s space on Virginia Avenue in College Park. The “modern meat and three” features a daily selection of entrees and sides, along with housemade desserts, and a full bar with craft beer, wine and cocktails. Dennis Maguire, formerly manager at Thumbs Up in East Point, is in the front of the house. Chef Michael Broom, who worked at City Grill and Le Giverny Bistro, is in the kitchen. 1583 Virginia Ave., 404-549-2416.