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Cabbagetown Restaurant Gets Approved for an On-Street Dining Parklet

JenChan’s wins a temporary parklet grant. Plus, Neighborhood Wraps opens in Reynoldstown and Spice and Sky, a rooftop restaurant opening this summer in Chamblee, hires Bhojanic chef to consult on the menu

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Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Cabbagetown restaurant JenChan’s will soon offer outdoor dining in a parklet

Carroll Street restaurant and meal delivery service JenChan’s just won a temporary parklet grant from city of Atlanta. Owners Jen and Emily Chan, who describe their restaurant as “mostly Southern, mainly Asian,” say the parklet affords them a safe, additional seating option critical for restaurants with little or no outdoor seating during the pandemic. According to the schedule sent to the Chans by the city, construction of the parklet should take approximately two weeks and open for outdoor dining service in April. City of Atlanta provides all the necessary building materials and installation of the parklet. The Chans only need supply tables and chairs. The city takes back the parklet at the end of the year.

“Parklets designed to last more than a couple of months typically cost anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000 or more,” Emily Chan tells Eater. “This grant is a game changer for our business, allowing safe dining outside.”

Jen Chan’s joins other Atlanta restaurants taking advantage of the new on-street dining allowances from city of Atlanta. Talat Market plans to install a similar parklet in front of the restaurant on Ormond Street in Summerhill. Storico Fresco in Buckhead is in the process of constructing six covered and heated outdoor dining compartments in three parking spaces along Grandview Avenue.

In addition to the parklet, JenChan’s launched a new menu and hired a new chef. James Palleson (Tiny Lou’s. St. Cecilia, the Plate Sale, Local 3, Muss and Turners), plans to offer a rotating selection of seasonal dishes for the menu alongside JenChan’s popular wraps, sandwiches, and pizzas. Earlier this year, the Chans closed the restaurant for indoor dining as COVID-19 cases spiked in Atlanta. The restaurant is currently open for takeout and local delivery and limited outdoor seating on the sidewalk. Order online. Masks required.

Courtesy of JenChan’s
Courtesy of JenChan’s

In other news...

Neighborhood Wraps opened in the Reynoldstown neighborhood this week for fresh smoothies, wrap sandwiches, and salads. The grand opening for the counter-service restaurant, owned by Javone Nurse, takes place March 19 through March 20. Order online for takeout or local delivery. Masks required. [Official]

Spice and Sky, a rooftop bar and restaurant opening in June at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Chamblee, hired Bhojanic and Tandoori Pizza and Wing Co. chef and owner Archna Becker to help develop and consult on the menu. “The ingredients will be familiar and approachable with flavor profiles ranging from Indian, Middle Eastern, Asian and more,” Becker says of the dishes planned for the restaurant. [Official]

Gusto! opens a sixth metro Atlanta restaurant at the Parkaire Landing development in East Cobb this summer. It will be the second location with a drive-thru, joining a location of Gusto in Chamblee. [Official]

Marietta Square Market now features an online ordering portal for its restaurant stalls at the food hall. People can order online from multiple restaurant stalls for pick up. Open Tuesday - Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Masks required. [Official]

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