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The two Atlanta companies started collaborating after discovering they were both interested in the same 4,800-square-foot space at the mixed-use development in the Reynoldstown neighborhood, which will soon be home to a 2,200-capacity music venue.
“It was important to all of us to cultivate a spot that felt very much local, for the city. By incorporating diner elements that inherently resonate familiar and authentic, we want regulars – whether they hail from diner experiences on the West Coast, East Coast, or somewhere in between – to make a home and memories at Wonderkid,” said Big Citizen co-founder, Darren Carr, in a press release.
Wonderkid’s menu will feature a contemporary update on classic diner fare helmed by executive chef Justin Dixon (previously at The Shed at Glenwood and Bully Boy) and a rotating beverage menu directed by Taylor Blackgrave (previously at The Lawrence), inspired by classic jukebox jams.
The menu rounds out with desserts including homemade pies and cakes by Pastry Chef Sarah Hagamaker (also a Lawrence transplant), and the first-ever King of Pops soft serve, which will source grass-fed Georgia dairy and single-source fruits to reimagine the signature pop flavors that have long been crowd favorites.
“Since we started the King of Pops journey, our purpose has been to create unexpected moments of happiness, and Wonderkid is like a playground for your inner-kid,” said King of Pops’ Steven Carse.
“Working with Big Citizen to create a space that is not only fun but so locally focused is a dream come true.”
“At its core, Wonderkid is for everyone.”
The diner is expected to be open until 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends.