Ryan and Jonathan Akly and chef Ian Winslade, the team behind Mission and Market and Tre Vele, just released new details about their upcoming Lebanese restaurant Zakia opening at the Modera Prominence early this summer.
Named for the Akly’s grandmother, and with food taking inspiration from the family’s roots in Lebanon, the menu for Zakia will include traditional and original dishes from the country and regions throughout the Middle East. Some dishes at Zakia will center on family recipes, many of which the brothers say they grew up eating. A pita oven is also being installed in the kitchen for baking fresh bread daily.
“I am really excited to dive back into the flavors of the eastern Mediterranean that I experienced early in my career and expand upon that while bringing out the deep, rich Lebanese culture and drawing inspiration from meals the Akly’s grandmother made for them growing up that have been passed down from generation to generation,” Winslade says in a press release.
As for the design of Zakia, it too blends the traditional elements with more modern aspects of Middle Eastern design and allows for plenty of natural light to flow through the 150-seat dining room. The bar seats an additional 12 people, with an adjacent lounge area seating another 30 people. An open-air patio resides in front of the restaurant.
Joining Zakia at the Lenox Road luxury apartment complex this year are CT Reforma, backed by the owners of CT Taqueria and CT Al Pastor, and a location of California-based sandwich shop Mendocino Farms. A location of milkshake and dessert shop Yard Milkshake Bar is already open at the complex.
3699 Lenox Road. Atlanta.