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Adam Evans Is IN at Brezza Cucina, Jonathan Waxman's Ponce City Market Restaurant

Evans takes over the kitchen after leaving the Ford Fry empire.

Adam Evans.
Adam Evans.
Andrew Thomas Lee

Adam Evans, who left his post as executive chef at Ford Fry's The Optimist last month, has a new gig. Evans is on board as chef-partner at celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman's Ponce City Market venture, which will be called Brezza Cucina. The Italian restaurant, connected to Williams-Sonoma in the Central Food Hall, should open by mid-October.

"My goal was to bring an experienced Atlanta chef on board for this venture," Waxman said in a prepared statement. "With a wealth of culinary knowledge, proven leadership ability and an inherent passion that guests look for, Adam was a perfect fit for my team."

Evans ran the kitchen at The Optimist since it opened in Westside in 2012, and his previous experience includes Fry's JCT. Kitchen & Bar, Tom Colicchio's Craft, and the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group in New Orleans. Considering the chef's background, don't be surprised to see a healthy selection of seafood on the Brezza menu.

"I'm looking forward to this next step in my career through a partnership with Jonathan and [restaurateur Howard Greenstone]," Evans said. "Ponce City Market is quickly becoming a culinary destination and Atlanta gathering place, and I'm excited to be a part of the development."

After Evans left The Optimist, chef Wesley True replaced him following a short stint at The Spence. The Ponce City Market Central Food Hall is on track for a rolling launch this fall, and most of the restaurants and stalls should be in business by the end of October.