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Benefit for Atlanta’s Asian Community Taking Place at Poncey-Highland Restaurant 8ARM

The fundraising benefit takes place Tuesday evening with more than a dozen Atlanta restaurants, breweries, pop-ups, and artists setting up stations around the parking lot

Sidepiece at 8ARM
The parking lot patio at 8ARM last summer
Ryan Fleisher
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Poncey-Highland restaurant 8ARM is planning to host a benefit on Tuesday, March 23, in support of Atlanta’s Asian community following the murders of eight people last week — six of them women of Asian descent — at three separate spa businesses in Cherokee County and city of Atlanta.

The fundraising benefit kicks off at 7 p.m. with more than a dozen local restaurants, breweries, pop-ups, and artists setting up stations around the parking at 8ARM, including Sweet Auburn BBQ, chef pop-up Korean Fusion, Ginya Izakaya, Ruby Chow’s, Talat Market, and SoBa. 8ARM owner chef Nhan Le also owns Soba and Octopus Bar in East Atlanta Village.

Attendees can order from the various food stations and take food to go, or find a seat outside on the parking lot patio or outdoor bar. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the evening benefits nonprofit organizations Asian Americans Advancing Justice and National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

The past year has seen a significant rise in anti-Asian attacks, since the pandemic began in March 2020. Asian-owned businesses across the United States, including Chinese restaurants and entities in various Chinatowns, have been the targets of vandalism, bigoted prank calls, and dramatic drops in sales. Attacks have been exacerbated as former president Donald Trump and other prominent politicians continually referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus,” “Wuhan virus,” and “kung flu”.

A recent report released by nonprofit group Stop AAPI Hate cites nearly 3,800 incidents of hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. between March 19, 2020, and February 28, 2021. Asian-American women reported twice as many incidents of hate as men.

Benefit for Asian Lives, 8ARM, Tuesday, March 23, 7 p.m. Free to attend. Bands, DJs, art, food. Masks required. Takeout available.

While the fundraiser listed has been shared by official social media pages or known representatives of the respective restaurant, Eater cannot guarantee the restaurant will use the money as stated.

Sweet Auburn BBQ

656 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 (678) 515-3550 Visit Website

Talat Market

112 Ormond Street Southeast, , GA 30315 (404) 257-6255 Visit Website


710 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 Visit Website

Octopus Bar

560 Gresham Avenue Southeast, , GA 30316 (404) 627-9911 Visit Website

Ginya Izakaya

6 Northside Drive Northwest, , GA 30318 (470) 355-5621 Visit Website