Inman Park food hall Krog Street Market is beginning to slowly reopen for dine-in service, after closing in March and shifting to takeout due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The reopening news comes a day after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced easing more restrictions on restaurants and bars, including not requiring restaurants to limit the number of people in a dining party or setting capacity limits per square foot in dining rooms. Bars will also be allowed up to 50 people or 35 percent total capacity. It appears all other health and safety requirements for restaurants and bars remain in place. The governor’s latest executive order goes into effect on Tuesday, June 16.
Beyond the health and safety procedures already being taken by individual restaurants, people headed to Krog Street Market will see a few changes in place.
- Signs have been installed around the market to encourage people to practice good hygiene, including wearing a mask when not eating or drinking, social distancing, and washing hands.
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout the market.
- Plexiglas shields have been installed in front of cashier stations at food and retail stalls.
- Seating at communal tables inside the market remain off limits.
- Additional outdoor seating is now available.
- Crowd limits are in place inside the market.
- Social distancing and capacity limits will be enforced by “social distance ambassadors” monitoring the market.
- Dedicated parking areas are now available for takeout and delivery.
- The frequency of cleaning the market has been increased, with more emphasis on high traffic areas and frequent touchpoints.
- Valet parking procedures have been modified.
Several full-service restaurants have already reopened for limited dine-in service over the last two weeks, including Superica, Bar Mercado, Varuni Napoli, and the patio at Watchman’s Seafood. Ticonderoga Club plans to ease back into dine-in service, after being closed for three months. The Krog Street Market tavern now features a takeout service called Ticon-To-Go Club available for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Most restaurants and food stalls at the market plan to continue offering takeout and delivery.
Eater Atlanta reached out to Krog Street Market representatives for more details on valet operations and capacity limits. Check back for updates.
Restaurants at Ponce City Market in the Old Fourth Ward began reopening for dine-in service and in-person takeout on May 22. The market and its central food hall temporarily closed to the public in mid-March, with some food stalls offering curbside takeout throughout the month-long shelter-in-place order. Like Krog Street Market, curbside pickup and delivery continues for the foreseeable future at the food hall.
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