The team behind Kimball House has a new restaurant in the works for Krog Street Market. A tipster in the know tells Eater Atlanta owners of the essential Decatur cocktail and oyster bar have signed a lease for the space that previously housed The Luminary.
“We have a few things we want to tighten up before we make any kind of official announcement regarding plans for a new restaurant,” Kimball House co-owner Bryan Rackley says.
Top Chef alum Eli Kirshtein opened The Luminary in August 2014. It was the first business to come online at the development, beginning service roughly three months before Krog Street Market officially debuted in November 2014. Kirshtein closed the restaurant in March, citing an oversaturated dining market.
In September, word broke that development firm Paces Properties plans to sell Krog Street Market. The food hall has undergone a number of changes over the past year.
The Cockentrice closed last October, and the adjacent Spotted Trotter butcher shop followed suit in December. Castellucci Hospitality Group claimed both spaces, replacing The Cockentrice with Bar Mercado and making plans to open Recess in the old Spotted Trotter stall. In January, Craft Izakaya scaled back its model from a full-service restaurant to a semi-automated sushi counter. Suzy Siu’s Baos and Varuni Napoli have begun service at the market in the past 12 months, as well.
Kimball House opened to the public in the historic Decatur train depot in September 2013, and it’s been a favorite of bivalve- and cocktail-obsessed Atlantans ever since.