Frita Kale-O Mexican Food Truck, Caterer Is Going Brick and Mortar

Diners can expect a Summer 2020 opening at the Hosea + 2nd development.

Frita Kale-O will open in East Lake’s Hosea + 2nd development summer 2020, according to a post on its Facebook page Thursday.

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“We are excited and proud to announce that this coming summer we will be opening our Mexican Restaurant/Taproom in East Lake,” according to the social media post.

“We will be offering some of the best top-notch locally brewed Georgia Craft Beers from our awesome Georgia Breweries along with some of our delicious homemade Mexican Street Food.”

Frita Kale-O became known for its traditional street food fare of empanadas, gorditas, tacos al pastor and tostadas served from a roving food truck, or catered.

Add to that its penchant for craft breweries and cuisine-to-craft beer couplings.

The menu for the brand new 2,300-square-foot space, stewarded by owner Gerardo Hernandez and Mexico native and chef Edith Zuniga, will remain more or less the same just with bigger brick and mortar digs: 60-to-80 customer capacity indoors; another 50-to-60 people outdoors on the patio.

“It’s more of a Mexico City style of street food,” Hernandez shared with What Now Atlanta during a phone interview Friday.

“Our food is geared more toward Central Mexico and its many varieties of street food. For example, our quesadillas are not made with flour tortillas with meat and cheese stuffed in them. We actually make ours with Masa (corn) and it will have potato, chilies, onion, parsley, lettuce, sour cream, topped with an avocado tomatillo sauce. And then it’s deep fried. It’s delicious.”

Frita will join several existing restaurants at the multi-phase development including Poor Hendrix and Mix’D Up Burgers.

Earlier tenants that have already shuttered like Greater Good Barbecue and Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters have been quickly replaced by second-generation tenants like Korean restaurant Salaryman.

Additionally, Savannah’s Perc Coffee Roasters will open in spring 2020 beneath the new national headquarters for nonprofit Purpose Built Communities on site.

Hosea + 2nd principals did not immediately respond to WNA’s requests for comment.

[**Editor’s note: This post was updated on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 7:50 p.m. with comments from owner Gerardo Hernandez about Frita Kale-O’s forthcoming menu]

Kamille D. Whittaker

Kamille D. Whittaker

Kamille D. Whittaker is an Atlanta-based journalist, editor and researcher.
Kamille D. Whittaker

Kamille D. Whittaker

Kamille D. Whittaker is an Atlanta-based journalist, editor and researcher.