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Robert Montwaid, creator of New York’s Gansevoort Market, Tuesday via Selig announced a partnership with Celebrity Chef Andrew Zimmern to curate his new Chattahoochee Food Works concept.
The boutique food market is opening later this year in the Makers Building at Selig’s The Works, an 80-acre adaptive mixed-use development in Atlanta’s “Upper Westside” neighborhood.
Andrew Zimmern is a four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer, and teacher, known for his work as Executive Producer and Host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods franchise.
In 2015, Zimmern launched Passport Hospitality which provides consulting services to various restaurant and retail projects and oversees several brands including the quick service concept Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen and Lucky Cricket, a contemporary Chinese restaurant at The Shops at West End in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
“Atlanta and the Southeast, in general, have a thriving culinary scene with some of the most notable restaurants and the most captivating food culture in the country,” Zimmern said in the announcement.
“At Chattahoochee Food Works, we’re recruiting the region’s top chef talent and setting the stage for them to try new concepts or menu items. The Works is a thrill for all of us at Passport. We want to make this a landmark and inclusive project for all because the food of the south is America’s food in every sense of the word.”
Zimmern and Montwaid previously collaborated on The Dayton’s Food Hall and Market in downtown Minneapolis.
For Chattahoochee Food Works, Zimmern will act as a culinary advisor to Montwaid.
“Very few people have tasted as many unique and exciting foods as Andrew,” Montwaid said.
“He has experienced the most exotic dishes from every culture around the world. Together, we’re excited to work with established Atlanta chefs and encourage them to experiment with dishes that aren’t served elsewhere, creating culinary offerings exclusive to Chattahoochee Food Works.”
The 16,000-square-foot market will feature international fare, chef-driven events and entertainment, a test kitchen, an indoor/outdoor bar, gathering spaces, and artisanal market shops.
Its outdoor area spills out onto The Spur, a quarter-mile linear park running through Phase One of the project.
Selig began acquiring the 80-acre, one-million-square-foot industrial site more than 70 years ago.
The Works has been master planned for 350,000 square feet of retail and entertainment, 500,000 square feet of office space, 500 residences, 200 hotel rooms and 13 acres of green space.
Phase one of the development spans 27 acres and includes 485,000 square feet of space, including 260,000 square feet of retail and 225,000 square feet of office.
Phase I welcomed its first tenant, Ballard Designs, in July 2018.