After temporarily popping up at Savi Provisions on Pharr Road, fast-casual, health-focused restaurant Karma Farm opens a permanent location today in the former Holeman and Finch Public House space on Peachtree Street.
During the four-month stint at Savi Provisions, Karma Farm ran its takeout operation from the market’s drive-thru window and offered curbside service. The ongoing health crisis helped owners McCall Wilder and Scott Wilder prioritize their needs for the restaurant’s permanent location, which includes plenty of parking and the ability to provide customers with covered curbside service and a covered, dog-friendly outdoor seating area.
“Not knowing what the future holds with the pandemic or the restaurant business, our top requirement was a covered, drive up, to-go spot for online and call in orders for gloved handoffs, as well as a designated, quick takeout spot for those who wanted to pop in,” McCall Wilder writes in an email to Eater Atlanta. “We also wanted good parking: this location has more than 100 free spots in 3 open-air decks, plus a coveted traffic light on Peachtree.”
Billed as “America’s first certified, gluten-free, fast-casual restaurant,” the Wilders will continue rolling out the full menu at the new location over the coming weeks, which features a variety of salads, protein-packed bowls and plates, arepas, allergen-sensitive baked goods and pastries, and juices, coffee, and teas. Once a liquor license is obtained, Karma Farm will also serve gluten free beer, biodynamic and vegan wines, and a small selection of cocktails.
People can still order food and drinks online for takeout and curbside pickup. Dine-in seating is currently limited to just five tables inside and five tables outside on the covered portico due to social distancing requirements. Three to four additional tables will be added to the patio in the future. Free masks are provided to customers without face coverings.
Chef Linton Hopkins and Gina Hopkins still plan to reopen Holeman and Finch at the $400 million revamped Colony Square complex in Midtown this year. The nearly 4,000-square-foot restaurant is located in building 400, also home to neighboring Sukoshi, a Charlotte-based sushi and poke restaurant from Indigo Road restaurant group (O-Ku, Tiny Lou’s).
Last August, the Hopkins closed their pioneering fine dining restaurant Restaurant Eugene, located across from Holeman and Finch, now Karma Farm. The chef said at the time they were shifting focus “away from special-occasion dining” to neighborhood-style restaurants and were opening a “more approachable” restaurant called Eugene and Elizabeth’s (named for his grandparents.) The restaurant was set to replace Restaurant Eugene, but plans shifted again in March when the couple said that space no longer fit “with the overall vision for Eugene and Elizabeth’s.” A spokesperson for Hopkins and Company told Eater the couple is looking for a new location and “envision a charming [75-seat] space with a patio and trees that is walkable from surrounding neighborhoods.”
Karma Farm is open Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2277 Peachtree Road, Suite B. Atlanta. eatkarmafarm.com.