Tal Baum, owner of Ponce City Market Italian restaurant and market Bellina Alimentari, opens Atrium on Monday, January 31. The restaurant with its parlor bar transforms the space once home to Brezza Cucina in the food hall into a tropical dining oasis serving crudo and agnolotti stuffed with duck and celery root paired with punches, brandy crustas, and martinis.
Located next door to Williams Sonoma, expect bistro-style dishes on the menu here as well as raw bar fare, like fluke dressed with grapefruit, horseradish, creme fraiche, and chives and wagyu beef tartare. Entrees include a bistro steak with roasted sunchokes, Bang Island mussels, and pork schnitzel, with bananas foster and a yuzu tart for dessert.
The kitchen at Atrium is led by culinary director Todd Immel and chef Cole Pate under the direction of Oliva Restaurant Group culinary director chef Brandon Hughes.
Drinks from beverage director Demario Wallace lean into the tropical vibes of Atrium and the bistro dishes served here. This includes a handful of punches and non-alcoholic cocktails, classics like the brandy crusta, and clever takes on the pina colada, martini, and margarita.
Baum once again tapped Atlanta-based firm Smith Hanes to design the dining room and bar for Atrium. The studio also designed Baum’s restaurants Aziza and Falafel Nation at Westside Provisions District.
Atrium features two distinct dining and drinking spaces separated by a hallway with its own lounge area. The bistro serves as the dining room for Atrium and is filled with plush seating and bold tropical floral patterns in ocean blue, dusty rose, and muted green tones. Over in the parlor, the pinks and greens are turned up a notch at the bar and along the banquette seating, with walls bedecked with tropical birds in motion to create a lively space for drinks.
Take a look inside (click to enlarge)
Public Transit Information: Accessible via MARTA buses #2 and #102 on Ponce de Leon Avenue and #899 on North Avenue.
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