(Courtesy Jamestown Properties)
At one time the largest redevelopment project in the nation, Ponce City Market is the most unabashed example of Atlanta’s newfound penchant for preservation. This mammoth building, a former Sears, Roebuck & Co. distribution center, encompasses an unimaginable 2.1 million square feet, earning it the title of largest brick structure in the Southeast. The building embraces its 16 acres with bold pops of orange, modern walkways and elevated greenspaces.
The food hall is a microcosm of Atlanta’s dining culture. Here, a smorgasbord of gourmet stalls, fast-casual concepts and full-service restaurants is being spearheaded by some of the city’s best chefs, many of them James Beard Award winners. Within feet of each other sit Linton Hopkins’ Hop’s Chicken, Anne Quatrano’s Dub’s Fish Camp, Hugh Acheson’s Spiller Park Coffee and Sean Brock’s Minero.
Intermingling with these are juice bars, snack stalls and a slew of acclaimed dining options that alone make for a worthwhile visit to Ponce City Market. Add to the food hall a roster of shops diverse in product, style and price point, and it’s clear to see Jamestown’s ambitious vision becoming a reality.