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Israeli-Style Skewer Restaurant Rina Channels Tel Aviv Beach Vibes on the Beltline

Take a look at the menu for Rina, now open at the Ford Factory Lofts on Ponce

A large mezze and hummus spread on a table at Rina on the Beltline Angie Webb

Rina, an Israeli-style shipudiya or skewer house, is now open at the Ford Factory Lofts on Ponce de Leon Avenue. Owned by Tal Baum (Bellina Alimentari, Aziza, Falafel Nation), Rina serves a menu of mezze, hummus, pita sandwiches, platters, and kebabs paired with frozen cocktails and boozy milkshakes.

Fashioned after a Tel Aviv beach cafe, the 2,700 square-foot restaurant includes a large bar and dining room and a patio with access to the Eastside Beltline trail.

“The BeltLine is as close to an oceanside boardwalk as landlocked Atlanta can get so it felt right to bring in the Tel Aviv beach vibes of this restaurant, both in design and menu offerings,” executive chef Brandon Hughes says in the press release.

Rina is named for Baum’s grandmother, whom she credits for her passion for cooking and serves as the inspiration behind portions of the design and menu for the restaurant. “I made sure she touches every piece of this space, from the photography of her on the walls to the family recipes we based the menu on.”

A long shot of the dining room and bar looking toward the kitchen at Rina Angie Webb
A shot of the bar at Rina with a large mirror on the back bar Angie Webb

Hughes believes Rina allows he and his team to continue building upon the food they’re already doing at Baum’s “modern Israeli” restaurant Aziza and the adjacent Falafel Nation at Westside Provisions District.

Like Falafel Nation, the menu at Rina features falafel using a recipe passed down from Baum’s family and served at their falafel stand during the 1950s. In addition to hummus combos and a variety of mezze like half sour pickles, tabbouleh, and za’atar labneh, Hughes and chef de cuisine Daniel Chance have created platters such as beef kebabs served with garlic pita, a falafel salad with green goddess tahini dressing, and a fried fish fried in falafel batter.

Three bowls of hummus, pita, and carrots and cucumbers Angie Webb for Rina
Three platters of mezze with olives, hummus, pita, chickpeas, pickled vegetables Angie Webb
Angie Webb

As with the cocktails at Aziza, bar manager Demario Wallace incorporates Middle Eastern-inspired flavors into the draft and frozen cocktails and boozy milkshakes at Rina. Think fresh herbs, pomegranate, and a bourbon cocktail on draft called Dor Habomin mixed with coffee, cinnamon, orange, and amaro.

Take a look at the menu:

The food menu for Rina
The cocktail, beer, and wine menu for Rina

Vietnamese street food restaurant Lady Ha joins Rina at the 100-year-old Ford Factory Lofts early this summer.

Current hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Starting Friday, January 17: Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

699 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 9, Atlanta. rinakitchen.com.

Falafel Nation

1170 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (470) 355-9951 Visit Website

Westside Provisions District

1198 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (678) 974-1940 Visit Website

Bellina Alimentari

675 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, , GA 30308 (404) 330-9933 Visit Website

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