With the construction of the Chattahoochee Food Works well underway, new stalls are signing on for the massive food hall. Four all-new Asian cuisine concepts have been announced in a press release obtained by What Now Atlanta (WNA) from spokesperson Valerie Failla. Alex Kinjo, designer and co-founder of MF Sushi, will serve as the brand curator and designer for all four stalls: Flying Fish Sushi & Robata Grill, Bahni Mi Station, Sakura Ramen Bar, and Sakura Gift — under the ownership of Christine Nguyen, Johnny Cho, and Anna Grace, respectively.
Nguyen and Cho said in a statement, “The reason for choosing to open at Chattahoochee Food Works is because we want to be part of one of the most highly-anticipated openings in Atlanta’s Upper West Side neighborhood. We know it’s going to be a smash hit due to the location and wide-open property.” The partners’ Flying Fish Sushi & Robata Grill is a fine-casual grill with menu items like hand-crafted appetizers to the famous Signature Nigiri plates, Nguyen confirmed with WNA Monday. Meanwhile, their Bahni Mi Station is more traditional Vietnamese cuisine, serving bánh mì sandwiches, Vietnamese noodle soup, pho, and Vermicelli Noodle bowls.
Sakura Ramen Bar’s Grace describes her first stall as being a fast-casual ramen bar with more variety than you’d expect. According to her, it’s all about the broth: traditional pork-based, soy-based, with many others, including a mostly gluten-free vegan-focused broth. “With COVID happening, it’s just exciting to have a new concept during this time,” Grace told WNA over the phone. “We chose Chattahoochee because it’s the only food hall concept in that area.” There are currently talks with her team to open up in other food halls sometime in the future with nothing solidified at the moment.
“After traveling to Japan last year, I really want to bring a little of its culture back to the Atlanta Market,” Grace said. “So we will carry sake, rare Japanese whiskeys, fashion, sake ware, and ikebana, which is Japanese floral art.” Her Sakura Gift stall is focused more on the retail side of things, further celebrating her love of the culture. “Sakura means ‘cherry blossom,’ which I think is synonymous with Japan.”
As of right now, more than 20 vendors have been announced for Chattahoochee Food Works at 1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW, which are scheduled to open up when the food hall opens, slated for winter 2020, pending construction.