Following the success of its Friday night pizza pop-ups, the owners of Root Baking Co. opened Pizza Jeans on the second floor of Ponce City Market over the weekend. For now, Pizza Jeans will only be open for takeout and delivery on Fridays and Saturdays. Patrons of the pizzeria are required to wear masks when picking up their orders.
Pizza Jeans takes over most of Root Baking’s current space, with the bakery-cafe operating from a counter stall adjacent to the pizzeria. Safety measures at both spots include Pleixglas dividers at the checkout counters and social distancing markers on the floor. Once open for dine-in service, Pizza Jeans will include leather booths and a nine-seat bar offering cocktails from Drew Gillespie (Little Trouble), beer, and mostly natural and biodynamic wines.
Owners Nicole Lewis and Chris Wilkins tell Eater they plan to monitor the progress of the pandemic to determine when to safely open Pizza Jeans for dine-in service. Root Baking Co. continues to offer a counter service menu featuring its popular breakfast sandwiches and grit bowls on the weekends.
As for the menu at Pizza Jeans, it features two red sauce pies and two white pizzas and the option to add toppings. Breadsticks, sub sandwiches, salads, and desserts, like an Italian lemon ice, New York cheesecake, and sourdough doughnuts, along with take-and-bake family meals, such as baked ziti and lasagna, are also available. People fill out their orders at the counter using golf pencils and paper menus.
Ponce City Market remained closed to the public throughout much of the spring, only offering curbside takeout from designated areas in the parking lot and limited local delivery. Stalls in the food hall began reopening for in-person visits at the end of May.
During the closure, Root Baking Co. expanded its wholesale operation at Whole Foods to the North Buckhead, Decatur, and Brookhaven stores. The bakery’s breads can be found at Whole Foods stores in Midtown, on West Pace Ferry Road, and the Ponce de Leon location across from Ponce City Market. Root Baking is often at Morningside Farmers Market on Saturdays. Preorders can be placed online for pick-up at the market.
Wilkins and Lewis first opened Root Baking in Charleston, South Carolina, before relocating it to Atlanta in 2018. Since its Atlanta debut, Wilkins has been nominated as a semifinalist for a James Beard award and the bakery-cafe has landed on several local and national “best of” lists, including Eater Atlanta’s 38 Essential Restaurants.
Take a look at the menu for Pizza Jeans:
Pizza Jeans takeout and delivery: Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Root Baking Co.: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.