Ponce City Market: Food court of the future

Atlanta’s Ponce City Market curates local and far-flung flavor in a food hall.

By 

ponce city market

As consumers flock to the accessible, higher-quality offerings that fast-casual eateries routinely tout, they’re finding their mecca in food halls—conglomerates of chef-driven food stalls, all under one roof. Mario Batali-backed Eataly, with outposts in Chicago and New York City, is among the best known of these modern models; now the trend is catching fire elsewhere with recent openings in Denver, New Orleans and Portland, Ore. Atlanta’s newest entrant is the much-anticipated Ponce City Market, an internationally inspired restaurant-retail hybrid showcasing well-known and emerging culinary talent. 

All about the hall

Location: Inside the landmark Sears, Roebuck & Co. building in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward area.

Footprint: 320,000 square feet of restaurants and retail.

No. of food concepts: 13 eateries—a mix of counter and full-service—currently are open in the Central Food Hall at PCM, with six more planned by the end of the year.

Check average: Varies.

More From FoodService Director

Ideas and Innovation
desserts plate

We’re knocking down a wall in our bar area, which will create a more inviting atmosphere and allow us to host a coffee and dessert bar in the space on off nights when the bar is closed.

Industry News & Opinion
nacufs award

Ohio University Director of Culinary Services Rich Neumann was on Wednesday evening awarded NACUFS’ 49th annual Theodore W. Minah Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor.

Neumann’s foodservice career began as an undergraduate at University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. After his first day as a student cook, he says, his production manager wanted to fire him because he was striving for perfection, not—as she put it—“now and fast.” But he kept with it, eventually moving up to student manager. “If I had quit, I would not be here today,” he says.

During...

Sponsored Content
iced coffee foodservice

From International Delight ® Iced Coffee and STOK ® Cold Brew.

As temperatures soar, consumers look for any way they can to cool down. Much of the time, that means sipping on a cold beverage. And for the many patrons looking for a pick-me-up, iced coffee is a go-to choice, as it wakes them up and cools them down.

It’s no surprise, then, that iced coffee is a growing opportunity for operators. In Technomic’s 2016 Beverage Consumer Trend Report, 59% of consumers say they ordered iced coffee at least once in the past month from foodservice locations. With demand continuing to...

Industry News & Opinion

Oxnard Union High School District in Oxnard, Calif., is ending its meatless Mondays initiative due to cost and a lack of participation, the Camarillo Acorn reports.

Meatless Monday , which was offered on Fridays during the most recent school year, was the least popular lunch day during the week, according to school officials. The district hopes that the menu change will encourage more students to purchase school meals and help eliminate the $2 million deficit in its nutrition budget.

While 61% of students in the district qualify for free meals, only around half eat at the...

FSD Resources