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Chattahoochee Food Works, curated by celebrity chef and Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern and operated by Robert Montwaid, has announced the first round of vendors, as first reported by Atlanta Magazine Tuesday. The 16,000-square-foot, 30-stall food hall is located in the Makers Building, part of Selig Enterprise’s mixed-use development The Works.
“I’m attracted to people’s passion and their stories,” Montwaid told Atlanta Magazine. “The vendors we announced today are all family businesses. [Before we choose businesses], I go on an eating frenzy. I want to engage with the people and see their passion for what they do. Do they really believe in their product? Are they going to be present?”
A total of nine restaurants have been announced in and around the food hall, set to open in the fall. For some of these restaurants, like Tana Bhamaraniyama’s Thai eatery TydeTate or Lebanese barbecue food truck Babakabab, this will be the first time their food and their story will be served out of a brick-and-mortar establishment.
For other, more established restaurants, this is an opportunity to expand. Such is the case for the likes of chef Marcus Waller’s Breakfast Graffiti. Similarly, the team behind the Mexican restaurant Zocalo is opening Taqueria La Luz, which will serve Mexican street food. Unbelibubble Tea House and Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream will also open their own stalls in the food hall alongside Montwaid’s own prosecco bar.
While Zimmern and Montwaid did not immedaetly respond to What Now Atlanta’s request for comment Wednesday, several permit applications today were filed with the City including for Taqueria La Luz and Unbelibubble.