There's been some buzz about Makan partners Michael Lo and chef George Yu eyeing a project at Krog Street Market for a little while, and now the word is official. Lo and Yu will open Betty Hsu's Baos inside the development, they announced Tuesday. The initial timeline calls for a fall 2016 opening.
"For Betty Hsu's, we intend to continue sourcing locally from great producers like Grassroots Farms, Global Growers and Finch Creek Farm as we do at Makan today," Yu said in a prepared statement.
The new food stall, which will take up 420 square feet adjacent to Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and across from Grand Champion BBQ, will focus on Makan's popular steamed buns. In addition to the pork belly and duck varieties served at the Decatur restaurant, look for "a number of new seafood and vegetarian steamed bun options."
The duo opened Makan nearly two years ago, taking over a space on the ground floor of the Courtyard Decatur Downtown Hotel. In January, Lo and Yu expanded with Mama Tiger on Emory University's campus. Located inside the Dobbs University Center, that venture serves beef noodle soup, steamed buns, and bubble tea.
Sara Hawker of DeCarlo Hawker Architecture & Design is in charge of the design at Betty Hsu's, which will be "reminiscent of the night markets/bazaars popular in Asian cities."
"Our continued goal with Krog Street Market is to offer our patrons a diverse array of culinary offerings from a select group of chefs and restaurateurs whom are the best of the best in our city," David Cochran, Paces Properties president and chief executive officer, said. "The addition of Betty Hsu's Baos furthers this diversity at Krog Street Market with the addition of authentic Korean cuisine from proven owners with a track record of success."