Food Truck Baked Kitchen Going Brick-and-Mortar In ‘The Works’ Mixed-Use

South African eatery by late-October, early-November 2020 is expected to open in the development's food hall Chattahoochee Food Works.

Baked Kitchen will soon be serving its South African food, with offerings like biltong and bobotie, in Atlanta’s Upper Westside. Allan Katzef has offered his South African cuisine through his Baked Kitchen food truck since February 2020 and will now open his first brick-and-mortar location in Chattahoochee Food Works, at 1235 Chattahoochee Avenue NW, in The Works. The opening is expected by late October or early November, Katzef told What Now Atlanta in a telephone interview.

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Katzef’s menu will include biltong, which is a form of dried, cured meat, and bobotie which consists of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping. Katzef described bobotie as a kind of “meat casserole.” There are also plans for beef and apricot barbecue skewers as well as boerewors, a sausage dish.

Katzef graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta in July 2018 with a culinary degree. He said that his hope at that point was to open a restaurant with South African flavors. “I’ve definitely always wanted to bring the South African cuisine to Atlanta,” he said. “I believe that the cuisine is not popping in Atlanta yet. It’s now where it should be.”

Baked Kitchen is one of several tenants recently announced for Chattahoochee Food Works including Baker Dude and Pomodoro Bella. The 22,000-square-foot food hall will have a total of 31 vendors once complete. It sits in The Works, an 80-acre adaptive mixed-use development with a multi-phased master plan that comprises 300,000 square feet of retail and entertainment, 400,000 square feet of office space, 600 residences, 200 hotel rooms, and 13 acres of green space. The first phase will encompass 27 acres with an opening by late 2020.

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Michelle Goldchain is a D.C.-born content creator who previously worked as the Editor of Curbed DC at Vox Media for three and a half years. She has contributed to several local publications, including Vox, Education Week, Washington Business Journal, Eater DC, Washington City Paper, DCist, Washingtonian, and Greater Greater Washington. She also has a background in photography, social media management, and the visual arts. Her main side hustle is a surreal comedy show on YouTube, called Artsplained, that focuses on increasing interest and knowledge in the arts through quirky sketches and long-form essays.

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