Backed by Poke Burri co-founder Seven Chan, Umbrella Bar features counter seating in the new wing of the central food hall, with additional seats found at an adjacent “island” bar. The two counters at Umbrella Bar form an alleyway accented by colorful umbrellas and string lights suspended from the ceiling. The design is meant to be reminiscent of the vibrant street scenes, shops, and food stalls often found at night markets throughout Asia.
Taking the night market theme further, expect Korean street foods served on the menu at Umbrella Bar, like kimbop, japchae dumplings, bulgogi beef tater tots, tornado potatoes, and Korean corn dogs coated in sugar and stuffed with sausage or gooey mozzarella cheese.
Drinks at Umbrella Bar lean into Korean beers and spirits, which includes the Melona slushies made with soju (the national spirit of Korea) and strawberry or lemonade Melona fruit-flavored ice cream bars.
“We’ve been to night markets worldwide and love the vibe of them, but nothing in Atlanta delivers this kind of experience,” Chan says of Umbrella Bar in a press release.
The opening of Umbrella Bar at Ponce City Market is part of an ongoing multi-million dollar expansion, which sees an apartment tower, new food stalls, and new buildings added to the property over the next two years.
Vietnamese restaurant stall Vietvana and Nani’s Rotisserie Chicken, from Chai Pani and Botiwalla chef Meherwan Irani, opened in the food hall earlier this spring. Persian restaurant stall Bibi, from the owners of Delbar in Inman Park, opens soon in the former Marrakesh food stall on the first floor of the central food hall.
Later this summer, Pizza Jeans relocates from its present spot on the second floor to the first floor, taking over the former Farm to Ladle space.
Check out the menu for Umbrella Bar: