First revealed in April simply as a beer garden, it appears Kraig Torres and the team behind celebrated beer outlet Hop City are working on a full-blown restaurant at Alpharetta’s Avalon development. The project is called Barleygarden Kitchen and Craft Bar, according to a Tuesday announcement, and it’s on track to debut next spring.
When initial details were announced, Kevin Ouzts and The Spotted Trotter butcher shop were tabbed to be in charge of the operation’s food service. However, Torres is now considering other partners.
“Hop City is in talks with several exciting local restaurants for Barleygarden and has not made a final decision yet,” Torres said in a statement provided to Eater Atlanta. “We look forward to making the good news official in the coming weeks.”
No matter who’s running the kitchen, Barleygarden will serve “locally sourced, chef-driven food.” Further details on the style of cuisine weren’t immediately available. In addition to the beer garden and full-service eatery, Barleygarden will include an open-air rooftop bar offering cocktails, “carefully curated” wines by the glass, and a rotating 60-tap beer list that includes rare and limited selections. And with Avalon’s open-container policy, patrons will be able to take their beverages to go.
Barleygarden is part of Avalon’s Phase II development. Two more restaurants are planned for the expansion: a second outpost for Sandy Springs Persian eatery Rumi’s Kitchen and Brine Fish House, a seafood concept from Marc Taft of Chicken And The Egg.
Update: August 3, 1:50 p.m. The Spotted Trotter co-owner Megan Ouzts tells Eater Atlanta the butcher shop’s previous inclusion in the project was premature. “Spotted Trotter and Hop City are still interested in working together on the Avalon project, but no deal has been inked,” she said in an email.