After opening “modern Israeli” restaurant Aziza at Westside Provisions District in July, Tal Baum readies for the debut of its casual sister, Rina. Located at the Ford Factory Lofts on Ponce, Rina promises a menu of pita sandwiches, skewers, mezze, hummus, and salads along the Eastside Beltline trail when it opens January 13.
Cocktails and boozy milkshakes, created by Aziza bar manager Demario Wallace, are also planned for the menu.
Baum says Rina, named in tribute to her grandmother, takes inspiration from skewer houses called shipudiya found throughout cities such as Tel Aviv in Israel. As with Aziza, the food at Rina is under the direction of executive chef Brandon Hughes.
“After 6 months at the helm of Aziza, Israeli culture and cuisine continues to excite and inspire me,” Hughes says in the press release. “This concept takes more traditional Israeli food offerings, and brings things up a notch.”
The restaurant includes a patio with access to the Eastside trail.
In addition to Rina and Aziza, Baum also owns falafel shop Falafel Nation next door to Aziza on Howell Mill Road and Italian market and osteria Bellina Alimentari at Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall.
Vietnamese street food restaurant Lady Ha joins Rina at the 100-year-old Ford Factory Lofts early next summer. Think banh mi, dumplings, spring and egg rolls, and noodle soups on the Beltline. Lady Ha, owned by Ha Thu Kieu, is located on the ground level of the building.
699 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 9, Atlanta. rinakitchen.com.