Aziza, a modern Israeli concept from restaurateur Tal Baum of Olivia Restaurants, is slated to open for the first time July 25.
Sister concept Falafel Nation will also open Thursday.
Executive Chef Brandon Hughes is helming Aziza’s kitchen in Westside Provisions District, at 1198 Howell Mill Road.
A native of Macon, Georgia, Hughes’ background includes Aria and Bacchanalia, before joining Baum at Bellina Alimentari in Ponce City Market.
“Over the past few years, Atlanta has become more and more recognized as an international culinary destination,” Hughes said in a press release Tuesday.
“You don’t have to look far to experience almost any kind of cuisine. One exception, however, until now, is elevated Israeli cuisine. Aziza is here to change that.”
The restaurant’s menu, shown below, has been designed around the “Israeli tradition of sharing,” and pays homage to Baum’s childhood in Israel.
Every detail in the restaurant, from the banquettes to the locally-sourced dinnerware, will bring guests to the crossroads of Baum’s past and present, according to the release.
“We have hand-selected an extraordinary team of industry leaders including Demario Wallace leading our bar program, Zibaa Sammander creating delectable pastries, and Jeremy Iles as General Manager,” Baum said.
“I’m unbelievably excited to share this with Atlanta, and beyond.”
Aziza will be open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with lunch and brunch hours to be added soon.
Falafel Nation, set to open in conjunction with Aziza, will serve up a limited menu of to-go items including hummus bowls, falafel, sabich (an Israeli eggplant sandwich), and other vegetarian street food.
Falafel Nation will be open from 11 a.m. to “late.”
Beyond Aziza, Oliva Restaurants plans to continue its expansion in Atlanta with the opening of a third concept, Rina, this fall.
The Israeli street food diner will open along the Eastside BeltLine trail in the Ford Factory Lofts, across from Ponce City Market.