It's been a long time coming, but it seems that Ponce City Market's Central Food Hall is nearly ready to launch. After several delays for the huge Old Fourth Ward development, at least two stalls — Simply Seoul Kitchen and Spiller Park Coffee — hope to begin service this week. Thursday looks like the most likely launch date (knock on wood). Simply Seoul and Spiller Park both posted opening updates on Instagram, noting last-minute complications.
Both said in captions and comments on those Instagram posts that they're targeting Thursday as an opening date. Simply Seoul Kitchen will serve Korean fare and take-away items, such as jarred kimchi, from owner Hannah Chung. Spiller Park Coffee is a collaboration between Top Chef judge and Georgia restaurateur Hugh Acheson and Atlanta coffee veteran Dale Donchey. Spiller Park tells Eater Atlanta its initial launch will be out of a temporary kiosk will the permanent location is finished, and the shop will showcase its espresso program.
Update, September 2: Farm to Ladle owner tells Eater Atlanta the gourmet soup stand will soft open Thursday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with an eye on an official opening next week. Simply Seoul Kitchen now hopes to open "by the weekend."
Market officials have no update on Jia, the Sichuan restaurant from Tasty China's Dahe Yang and chef Jiguo Jiang that has long been expected to be the first Central Food Hall venture to open. Jia, Dub's Fish Camp, and Bellina Alimentari are expected to lead the way among full-service restaurants in the development.