A restaurant incubator inspired by the outdoor pop-up chefs market at the Pratt Pullman District in Kirkwood takes over the Rogers Street space previously slated for Bellsmouth Cafe next spring, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Bellsmouth Cafe and coffee roastery 3 Heart Coffee, owned by chef Nhan Le and Skip Engelbrecht of 8ARM and artist George Long, were to reside in a building along Rogers Street on the property. The deal was struck just three months prior to the start of the pandemic and leases were never signed. Pratt Pullman developer and Atomic Entertainment co-owner Adam Rosenfelt describes the decision to move on from Bellsmouth Cafe as “amicable”.
Temporarily named Chefs Market or Chefs Market at Building 7, the restaurant will host a rotating list of chefs and pop-ups, many of whom regularly take part in the outdoor market at Pratt Pullman District.
Rosenfelt kicked off the market series last fall hosting pop-ups like Phở Cue, Kamayan ATL, Heaps meat pies, and Vinetta. The pop-up series eventually evolved into a more permanent concept, opening as an outdoor mobile food and booze park earlier this spring to coincide with the debut of interactive digital exhibit the Van Gogh Experience. Shipping containers were converted to mobile kitchens and bars set on train truck wheels lined up on rails running approximately ten acres south along the spine of the linear park from the spur of the CSX line on the northwest side of the property.
Rosenfelt says the new restaurant, located next to gastropub the Abby Singer on Rogers Street, will offer outdoor seating across from the mobile bars at the rail park and include its own staff and a permanent menu served in conjunction with dishes from chefs in residence at the incubator kitchen.
Pho Cue, a pop-up blending Vietnamese flavors and dishes with central Texas barbecue, and Filipino food pop-up Kamayan ATL were regular vendors at both the pop-up series and outdoor chefs market. Julian Wissman and Brian Holloway just opened Pho Cue as a restaurant in Glenwood Park last month. Mia Orino and Carlo Gan plan to open a permanent location of Kamayan ATL in the iconic Asian Square complex on Buford Highway in Doraville this winter.
The Abby Singer became the first restaurant to open at Pratt Pullman District in May. Its name refers to the penultimate shot of the day during on-location filming, and is a nod to the late film production manager Abby Singer. Owner Mike Horn worked in film and television prior to his career in restaurants. The former Minneapolis resident’s gastropub includes a take on that city’s famed “Jucy Lucy” cheeseburger on the menu.
While this latest restaurant serves as the principle location for pop-ups and roving Atlanta chefs at Pratt Pullman District, Rosenfelt says to expect the occasional pop-up chefs market and larger food events to take place at the complex.
- A Mobile Alcohol Park on Rails Opens in May at Pratt Pullman District [EATL]
- Supremo Taco Becomes a Core Food Stall During the Van Gogh Experience at Pratt Pullman [EATL]
- Pratt Pullman Hosts an Open-Air Chefs Market Featuring 8ARM and Pop-Up Kamayan ATL [EATL]
- The 8Arm Owners Are Opening an All-Day Cafe at Kirkwood’s Pratt Pullman District [EATL]