Los Angeles-based Jinya Ramen Bar is slated to open on the ground level of the Centennial Yards South redevelopment project, plans filed recently with the City of Atlanta outline. The growing Japanese chain will open in the Norfolk Southern properties which are under redevelopment in a partnership with Stream Realty Partners and CIM Group.
Jinya’s planned downtown outpost, at 99 Spring Street (99 Ted Turner Drive), is 5,765 square feet. Construction to the white-box space will include the addition of a kitchen, dining area, full bar, manager office, and restrooms, according to the plans.
Centennial Yards South is one of several projects that collectively make up Centennial Yards including One Centennial Yards and the Sports Entertainment District. Centennial Yards South will boast loft-style apartments, creative offices, and retail, including where Jinya will be housed.
William Chen, the Jinya franchise who on Monday June 13, 2022 celebrated the opening of his newest location, at 676 N. Highland Ave., Ste. A, in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood, is behind the planned Centennial Yards South outpost. Chen owns five of the six Jinya restaurants in Georgia and is “keeping busy,” the franchisee told What Now Atlanta in an email Monday.
“The Jinya Atlanta team is super excited to be part of this high profile project,” Chen said. “The mix use of residential, entertainment, and retail nestled next to major sports arenas really made us jump on this opportunity. We cannot wait for the Centennial Yards project to start. This space will be our biggest footprint in Atlanta yet. We will serve the same hearty and signature dishes, and make this the ideal place for any lively and social gatherings for our customers.”
Chen anticipates Jinya will open in Centennial Yards South in late spring 2023. Atlanta’s newest Jinya Ramen Bar in Poncey-Highland is open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. This opening marks the sixth Jinya in Georgia and 46th systemwide.
“Jinya has developed a great fanbase in Georgia so we can’t wait to open our sixth Atlanta-area location,” Jinya Founder and CEO Tomo Takahashi said in a prepared statement ahead of Monday’s debut. “We feel sure our new restaurant will quickly become the go-to place for satisfying everyone’s ramen cravings. We are looking forward to sharing more traditional Japanese flavors and signature balanced bowls with the Atlanta community and can’t wait to celebrate with our guests at the grand opening on Monday.”