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Ford Fry and Linton Hopkins Are on Board at the Braves' Cobb County Ballpark

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The development around Sun Trust park will offer more than hot dogs and Cracker Jack.

This rendering gives an idea of what to expect from the development adjacent to SunTrust Park.
This rendering gives an idea of what to expect from the development adjacent to SunTrust Park.
Renderings via Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves have a few big names planning restaurants at their new stadium complex. Ford Fry and Linton Hopkins are among the restaurateurs on board, the team announced in a press release Wednesday, along with new outposts for Antico Pizza, Cru Food and Wine Bar, and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, which will be a part of a venture called Tomahawk Taproom. Fry is opening another outpost for Superica, his Tex-Mex concept, and Hopkins is working on a currently unnamed steakhouse.

The restaurants will take up residence in a ballpark-adjacent development called The Battery and will hold regular hours in addition to game-day service.

"I think it's another location where Superica could shine, in a way, because it's going to be in the center of so much activity, not only Braves games but some of the venues going on over there," Fry said in a phone conversation with Eater Atlanta. "A lot of it is a learning experience for me. I want to learn different areas of the city. I know it'll do fine, but I like learning from different things and seeing how we can grow from that."

In addition to the new Superica, Fry said he would like to open some sort of margarita bar inside the stadium, though he hasn't "had any discussions about it with the right people" yet.

Hopkins previously partnered with the Braves when he opened H&F Burger inside Turner Field, which will be vacated at the end of the 2016 season. With the chef opening a steakhouse at the development, SunTrust Park's big burger purveyor may be Shake Shack.

"We're thrilled to be a part of The Battery Atlanta and share an exceptional dining experience in what is sure to become one of the region's most visited destinations," Hopkins said in a prepared statement. "We've enjoyed sharing H&F Burger with Braves Country for the last few years and look forward to debuting our first steakhouse for both old friends and new in such a high-energy setting."

Fry already operates nine restaurants in Atlanta: Marcel, JCT. Kitchen & Bar and The Optimist in Westside, Bar Margot at the Four Seasons hotel in Midtown, the original Superica at Krog Street Market in Inman Park, The El Felix in Alpharetta, King + Duke and St. Cecilia in Buckhead, and No. 246 in Decatur. Hopkins' restaurant empire includes Holeman & Finch Public House and Restaurant Eugene in Buckhead and H&F Burger and Hop's Chicken at Ponce City Market in Old Fourth Ward.

The Battery and its restaurants should be in business when the Braves open the 2017 baseball season at SunTrust Park. See more renderings for the development below.


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