If you've heard any whisper of the development happening on Krog Street, then you probably know: there is a smorgasbord of Templeton-at-the-fair proportions coming to Inman Park. As if Atlanta's eldest suburb weren't already blessed with some seriously decadent dining options, we now have 13.5 acres more to look forward to, in the form of the mixed-use project, the Krog Street Market.
Inspired by the likes of San Francisco's Ferry Building, the folks behind Paces Properties decided it was high time for Atlanta to have its own culinary-focused project with a diverse mix of merchants. Now, with their first few tenants announced (and more announcements to come in the weeks ahead), Krog Street Market is already establishing itself as a culinary wonderland of tacos, bacon, barbecue and more, plus locally made home goods and artwork: truly the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker, all in one place (and just off the Beltline, to boot).
We attempted to prioritize the things we're most excited to consume at the long-awaited Krog Street Market, which was no easy feat, but then again, we are talking about taquerias and charcuterie here, folks.
1. Tacos. He of the culinary Midas touch, Ford Fry himself, has been busy the last few years, sprinkling his magic from the Westside to Decatur and back. (Not to mention that truck with the fried chicken doughnut.) So, yes, of course we were excited to hear that not only would the chef behind the Optimist, JCT Kitchen and No. 246 be coming to Inman Park, he'd be bringing tacos with him. Superica will be the latest addition to the Ford Fry mini-empire, and while we don't yet know too many details, what we do know (thanks to Atlanta Magazine) has us drooling like fools already: namely, that the taqueria will draw inspiration from Austin, Texas, complete with hand-made tortillas and an "awesome patio."
2. Sausage. We've long considered ourselves devotees of the Ouzts duo and their boutique charcuterie business. From Louisiana-style tasso and boudin to dry-aged steaks to housemade jerky (a Scoutmob favorite), their little Kirkwood shop is sheer carnivore heaven. And when we heard they were bringing the sausage-fest to Krog Street, well, we got ourselves a super-sized case of the pork-tingles. An affliction that can only be cured with endless amounts of rillettes, of course.
3. Dulce de leche pastries. Well, and a whole slew of many other traditional Latin American baked goods, sandwiches and sweets from Pannus Bakery, a wholesale store up in Lawrenceville. They're planning on bringing the aforementioned dulce de leche pastries (mantequillas) and a whole lot of other authentic Mexican, Uruguayan and Argentinian goods to Inman Park for the first time. Gazing into our crystal ball, we foresee the neighborhood a year from now not being able to comprehend how it was once living without a daily mantequilla fix (or maybe that's just us).
4. Local crafts. Okay, so perhaps the goods of the Collective aren't quite as edible as, say, chorizo tacos. Unless you're the type to eat your (hand-crafted, locally made) hat. But that doesn't make the shop's collection of home goods, local art, jewelry and knick-knacks — all locally made — any less delicious. No stranger to the neighborhood, the shop has called Inman Park home since 2009, but had to flee their Elizabeth Street digs when a big condo development came a-knockin'. Happily, they've found the perfect spot for their little nest of local creatives in the historic Cottage adjacent to the Krog Street Market warehouse. And we can't wait to waddle over there and peruse their goods after gorging ourselves at the Market.
5. History. In a city where fancy new high-rises can crush a historic structure Godzilla-style, it's rather refreshing to see a development company put the TLC into reviving a building that's nearly a century old. Paces Properties is working to preserve the former warehouse's rich history; in the words of the development company's president, David Cochran, "the character of the building is now more visible than it's ever been." And while a delicious taco is a delicious taco, a delicious taco in a place with historic character is… well, even delicious-er. We'll gladly raise our margarita glasses to that.
Stay tuned for more tenant announcements and opening dates over on KSM's Facebook page.