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Krog Street Market (KSM), an Inman Park food hall since 2014, has fully reopened its doors as of Thursday, June 11, the center announced on its Facebook page.
“We’re so happy to see your smiling (and hopefully masked) faces again,” KSM wrote in Thursday’s announcement.
KSM’s food stalls, which make up the majority of the center’s shared space, are the last to come back online after closing in mid-March to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Most of KSM’s full-service restaurants had already reopened for some version of dine-in (scope our running list here.)
News of KSM fully resurfacing arrives as Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced he would lift a gamut of restrictions placed on citizens and businesses earlier this year in response to the novel coronavirus including allowing buffets and salad bars to resume service starting June 16.
As with other similar centers like Ponce City Market, Avalon, and Colony Square, KSM has issued safety standards for its tenants and guests as it restarts operations.
Among the highlights are:
- Public display signs will be posted throughout the property to remind visitors to use safe practices, including mask-wearing, frequent hand washing, and social distancing.⠀
- Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout the market for guests and employees.⠀
- Plexiglas shields will be installed at check-out stations to separate employees and customers.
- Additional outdoor seating options will be available, and indoor seating will be restricted.
- To limit crowds, market capacity will be substantially decreased.⠀
- To ensure social distancing and capacity standards are maintained, friendly, dedicated “social distance ambassadors” will be closely monitoring the market during peak times.
- Dedicated take-out and delivery parking will continue to provide easy access to patrons and third-party delivery services.
- Patron survey access points will be located throughout the market so that patrons and employees can share comments, concerns, and feedback.
- The extent and frequency of the market’s already robust cleaning practices and disinfecting protocol will be increased, with an emphasis on physical touchpoints and high traffic areas.
- Valet operations and parking services will be modified for added protection.
[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]