Pizzeria Pizza Jeans is relocating from its present location on the second floor of Ponce City Market to the first floor of the central food hall. The pizzeria takes over the Farm to Ladle space, located between Tap on Ponce and forthcoming Persian food stall Bibi, later this summer. Farm to Ladle closes at the food hall Sunday, May 1.
In addition to the relocation, owner Chris Wilkins (Root Baking Co.) is partnering with Atlanta restaurateur Billy Streck (Hampton + Hudson, Nina & Rafi, Lyla Lila, Pielands) and childhood friend Jeremy Gatto in Pizza Jeans. Gatto is also the director of operations at Hampton + Hudson, Nina & Rafi, and Pielands.
As with the current location of Pizza Jeans, expect whole New York-style pies and giant “mall slices” served from the stall, which will also offer hero sandwiches on bread baked by Wilkins as well as cocktails, beer, natural and biodynamic wine, and slushies to drink, including a frozen Jack and Coke. Seating at the relocated Pizza Jeans will be available at the counter and the bar, a spokesperson for Ponce City Market says.
Pizza Jeans remains open for lunch and dinner until the move to the first floor.
Wilkins and Nicole Lewis opened Root Baking Co. at Ponce City Market three years ago, after relocating the bakery from Charleston to Atlanta. It quickly found success in Atlanta, becoming one of the best bets in the city for breads and pastries baked using Southern heirloom grains. Wilkins was named a James Beard award semifinalist for outstanding baker in 2019 and 2020.
In 2020, Wilkins and Lewis expanded the business into pizza, opening Pizza Jeans in the cafe at Root Baking Co. and moving the bakery to a smaller space next door on the second floor. Wilkins and Lewis closed Root Baking Co. earlier this month, with Wilkins alluding to “big news” on the horizon for Pizza Jeans.
Ponce City Market is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation, adding a new apartment tower, new food stalls to the central food hall, and new buildings to the surrounding property. Vietnamese restaurant stall Vietvana and Nani’s Rotisserie Chicken from Chai Pani and Botiwalla chef Meherwan Irani are already open at the food hall.
Earlier in 2022, both Marrakesh Market and Batter Cookie Dough closed on the first floor of the food hall, with Farm to Ladle planning to close on May 1. Farm to Ladle was one of the original stalls to open at Ponce City Market in 2015. The Avalon location of Farm to Ladle in Alpharetta closed last month.
Persian restaurant stall Bibi takes over the former Marrakesh stall this summer. Korean street food and bar Umbrella Bar is opening soon in the newly expanded portion of the food hall at Ponce City Market.