Four new food stalls bring empanadas, cheesesteaks, cookies, and vegan hibachi to the emerging Chattahoochee Food Works food hall, backed by Andrew Zimmern and Robert Montwaid in Underwood Hills.
Belen de la Cruz – Empanadas and Pastries, Hippie Hibachi, Philly G Steaks, and Monster Cravings cookies join ten previously announced restaurant stalls at the 31-stall food hall. Ozzy Llanes recently signed a lease to open a third location of his popular Cuban sandwich shop Cubanos ATL at Chattahoochee Food Works.
Stalls at the food hall should begin opening by summer.
Zimmern told Eater in 2019 he planned to tap into Atlanta’s diverse dining scene to fill the stalls at Chattahoochee Food Works — a scene that encompasses cuisines influenced by micro-regions of the South, India, Mexico, and France, and restaurants serving dishes from Ethiopia, Brazil, Laos, Korea, and the Shaanxi province of China.
He and Montwaid said they hoped to provide opportunities for up-and-comers, immigrants, women, and people of color to grow and experiment with their food-driven businesses in Atlanta. This includes offering an affordable financial “entry point” to chefs and culinary business proprietors who choose to open stalls at the market, “regardless of previous barriers to access.”
The new stalls
Belen de la Cruz – Empanadas and Pastries
Owned by Argentinean native Belen de la Cruz, the eponymous shop includes a location in Johns Creek and a forthcoming shop in Marietta. The menu features a selection of Argentinean-style empanadas, cakes, and pastries.
Philly G Steaks
Expect Philly-style cheesesteaks from this food stall, owned by Philadelphia native Gordon Brown. Brown also has a location at Sweet Auburn Curb Market downtown.
Owned by Veronica Dalzon, Monster Cravings’ menu features a variety of cookies ranging in flavors from peanut butter and jelly and strawberry shortcake to cookies and cream and s’mores.
Claiming to be the first hibachi spot offering vegan dishes on the menu in Atlanta, owner Joshua Brock plans to serve hibachi-style dishes with a selection of proteins, including teriyaki chicken, shrimp, or vegan meat alongside items like vegetable fried rice.
Chattahoochee Food Works is part of the The Works complex, an overhaul of several warehouses set along an industrial strip off of Chattahoochee Avenue on Atlanta’s west side. Once complete, the sweeping 80-acre development will feature 500 residences, a boutique hotel, retail shops and the food hall, a 13-acre greenspace, and full-service outposts of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and California-based breakfast and brunch restaurant the Waffle Experience. Scofflaw Brewing opened Dr. Scofflaw’s Laboratory and Beer Garden at the Works last fall.