The Cockentrice, Kevin and Megan Ouzts’ meat-centric Krog Street Market restaurant, closed over the weekend, and Paces Properties is moving quickly to fill the void. Castellucci Hospitality Group is on board to take over the space, a representative for the market tells Eater Atlanta.
Further details on the forthcoming concept are still under wraps, though it may feature "Spanish-style tapas," according to a tipster in the know. That would fit in with the rest of the Castellucci portfolio. Double Zero, Cooks & Soldiers, The Iberian Pig, and Sugo all serve various Mediterranean-influenced small plates. Merritt Lancaster, principal of Paces Properties, says the Castelluccis previously inquired about a venture at the market, but no spaces were available at the time.
"Krog Street Market has been a great success since its opening, and we are very excited to bring a new restaurant concept to the market that will fit appropriately into the current dining landscape," Federico Castellucci III, president of his family’s restaurant group, said in a statement provided to Eater Atlanta. "As with all of our restaurants, we aim to create unique dining experiences that offer compelling food and sincere hospitality. I feel KSM is an ideal environment for us to further our brand in a neighborhood we’ve always admired."
In September, the restaurant group opened Double Zero in Emory Village, debuting an updated version of the former Double Zero Napoletana that had been operating in Sandy Springs. Castellucci III previously told Atlanta Magazine, "Iberian Pig would be the next natural thing for us to look at doing a second location since it has such a loyal following." Though, he referenced Sandy Springs as a possible destination for the group's next project.
The Castelluccis will officially take over the lease on the space in December, and a build-out should begin quickly. Initial plans call for a spring 2017 opening.
The husband-and-wife owners of Edgewood’s Spotted Trotter butcher shop opened The Cockentrice as one of Krog Street Market’s five "anchor restaurants" in January 2015. The Ouzts’ Spotted Trotter outpost and Frankly hot dog stand at the market will remain open.
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