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Seafood Market and Raw Bar Fishmonger Swings Open in Poncey-Highland

The owners behind 8ARM and Octopus Bar open their long-awaited fish market and raw bar in Poncey-Highland. Plus, vegan Latin food restaurant Papi Ali’s Plant Based Kitchen is closing

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

Chef Nhan Le and Skip Engelbrecht (8ARM, Octopus Bar), along with chef and partner Bradford Forsblom, opened their long-awaiting seafood market, cafe, and raw bar Fishmonger last week.

Located behind the Plaza Theatre complex on North Highland Avenue, the Poncey-Highland seafood market offers fresh-caught fish, oysters, shrimp, and other shellfish from around the region for sale in the cold cases. Forsblom also serves a cafe menu throughout the afternoon featuring dishes like a sourdough bagel topped with beet and gin-cured salmon, pickled onions, and tomatoes, a seared Gulf shrimp roll, a tuna melt, and crudo plates.

Seating is available inside, with additional seats outside at small tables on the sidewalk.

Once Fishmonger receives its liquor license, the trio plans to transform the cafe side of the business into a raw bar in the evenings serving cocktails and natural wine. Fishmonger is currently BYOB and open Tuesday through Sunday. Check Instagram for hours. [IG]

Papi Ali’s Plant Based Kitchen is closing

Vegan Latin food restaurant Papi Ali’s Plant Based Kitchen is closing in Tucker on May 15 after just six months on Main Street. Owner Mikail Ali, who worked under executive chef Raul Dominguez at Bar Mercado in Krog Street Market, announced the closure on Instagram over the weekend, saying the food truck-turned-restaurant “will be put on the back burner for now.” [IG]

The Downtown Atlanta location of Alma Cocina reopens

The downtown Atlanta location of Latin American restaurant Alma Cocina reopened April 30 at 191 Peachtree Tower, after closing temporarily in 2020 due to the pandemic. Chef Juancarlos “JC” Colon now leads the kitchen at the downtown location. [Official]

Nautical-themed hot dog joint opens in Alpharetta

Nauti Dog Grill, a nautical-themed hot dog restaurant, is now open between Never Enough Thyme and Lapeer Steak and Seafood at Alpharetta City Center. Look for hot dogs like the Carolina topped with jalapeno slaw and Carolina barbecue sauce, vegan hot dogs, cheesesteaks, and sides such as tater tots on the menu. The restaurant includes a full bar serving cocktails and boozy milkshakes. [Official]


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

Alma Cocina

191 Peachtree Street Northwest, , GA 30303 (404) 968-9662 Visit Website

Octopus Bar

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

Krog Street Market

99 Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 Visit Website

Bar Mercado

Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 480-4866 Visit Website