Like most laymen, we can't begin to fathom the myriad permitting obstacles and unforeseeable delays that come with a large-scale, adaptive-reuse project in the middle of a bustling metropolis. That being said, Krog Street Market has had a particularly rocky relationship with its own perceived opening dates for a long time now. Let's take a moment to wander down a memory lane full of false projections … Early 2013: As construction ramps up, Krog Street banners declare, "Coming Summer 2013" and head-scratching ensues … October 2013: Officials say, confidently, by "next Spring" … This April: late July … Now: late Summer 2014! On the bright side, as officials reminded Atlanta media this week, when those KSM doors finally fling open, the project has the potential to become a regional draw.
This week, officials confirmed three new leases at Paces Properties' 30,000-square-foot project, noting "the entire project will consist of chef-driven restaurants with extensive covered patios, with a 6,000-square-foot indoor market with local retailers as the focal point." The additional offerings have all leased 400-square-foot market stalls. They are described as follows:
YALLA, a contemporary middle-eastern food stall, will offer a menu … featuring shawarma and kebabs, falafel, fresh-baked pita and laffa, and a variety of salads from Executive Chef Todd Ginsberg.
Mama Bath + Body will feature an all-natural line of handmade olive oil soaps, body care products, and soy candles as well as gifts and cards.
Xocolatl will produce handcrafted and hand wrapped artisanal chocolate bars.
According to KSM's promotional brochure, that leaves available only three small market stalls and a 3,000-square-foot, standalone building on the corner. Last year, Paces officials told Curbed Atlanta they'd nearly signed a test concept by West Elm called "West Elm Market" to fill the corner building, but the national retailer ultimately pulled the plug. The brochure indicates its use could be retail or restaurant. What would perform well there? What wouldn't? Will any of this ever open?
· Are Krog St. Market's 'Summer 2013' Ambitions Realistic? [Curbed]
[ABOVE: The original empty promise. Photo: East Atlanta Patch; market rendering via Krog Street Market.]