Ponce City Market Now Open

The fences are down and the some of the first tenants are opening at Ponce City Market in Atlanta, as 11Alive reports.  (I’d embed the video, but you all would kill me, because it starts automatically at launch).

As the site’s news page states…

 So you can walk hard-hat free around the property, shop Binders (who quietly opened their doors last week in our construction site!) take classes at General Assembly and drop your kids at Suzuki School in addition to grabbing your daily cup of coffee from Dancing Goats.  Because they’re all open or opening in the next three weeks!

“Well, that’s all well and good” you say, “but what’s up next”?  Well…

…we’re already looking ahead and our team is working tirelessly to deliver the next batch of tiered openings and lease announcements in the coming months.  First you’ll see announcements about more food hall purveyors and retailers in the big brick building as well as the BeltLine rail shed…then more office folks move in before end of year.  In spring of next year there will be a big wave of restaurants and the Central Food Hall will open its doors to the public along with the BeltLine bridge connection, the BeltLine rail shed and some retail followed by more retail throughout the rest of 2015 and lastly, the Roof at Ponce City Market. 

And if you’re ever in Midtown next year and need a little taste of West Ponce, drive over to PCM and swing by Dancing Goats and then take in a little Chai Pani in the food court.

Photo are rendering courtesy of Ponce City Market website

Did Chai Pani Find Your Dog?

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The folks at Chai Pani just found a pup and are looking for his home.  If you know this guy/gal, head over to the restaurant at 406 West Ponce De Leon in Decatur.

Decatur Commission to Vote In New Mayor/Mayor Pro-Tem This Evening

It’s a light serving of Decatur City Commission-ness to start the year this evening, as the four remaining members of the commission will vote one of their own into the mayor’s seat while another will receive the mouthful title “Mayor Pro-Tem”.   There can be only one!

Other than that, they’ll be giving an alcoholic beverage license to Chai Pani and appoint the city attorney, municipal judges and commission/board seats.  Annnd, that’s about it.  Don’t forget, you can always watch the drama unfold over on the city’s website.

Wait, does Decatur technically have a mayor right now??   (Decatur Metro, asking the questions you don’t care about – and ending sentences with prepositions.  Since 2007!)

Updated: Asheville’s “Chai Pani” Signs Lease for Old Watershed Space

UPDATE: No longer a rumor.  Chai Pani confirmed it on their Twitter page HERE.

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Michael points out this Atlanta Mag food critic Bill Addison tweet

Heard that @chaipani, which rocks Mumbai-style street food & thalis in Asheville, just signed a lease on Watershed’s old Decatur space. #yes

Nothing yet on Chai Pani’s Twitter page or website.

Is this Asheville’s trade to Decatur for the recent news that Farm Burger – which is located in the same building as the old Watershed space – would be opening a 4th location in Asheville?

Regardless, great news for the Decatur restaurant scene and the West Ponce streetscape!