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Ponce City Market: Food court of the future

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

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. 

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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.

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