Punk Foodie will be joining Ponce City Market this fall.
Punk Foodie @ Ponce will serve as a restaurant and chef accelerator with a rotating, curated roster of pop-up chefs from Atlanta’s restaurant landscape. It will be home to one- to two-month chef residences, a rotation of chefs serving weekend brunch, as well as themed chef collaboration dinners on Mondays.
“Pop-up chefs are creating pictures of the new South through local and global ingredients served in styrofoam take-out boxes from borrowed kitchens and 10×10 tents with tabletop fryers all over the city,” Sam Flemming, founder of Punk Foodie, said in the press release. “Now, with the new food stall at Ponce City Market, we’re helping pop-up chefs accelerate to the next level by allowing them to test concepts, build a brand and establish a track record as a means to open brick-and-mortar restaurants that will drive the evolution of Atlanta’s dining scene.”
Upon opening, Ganji will take up residence in the new food stall and serve Asian-inspired fast fusion – American fare infused with Asian essentials and flavors, according to the press release. Ganji Founders Jess Kim and Jun Park are culinary school graduates of Le Cordon Bleu and Culinary Institute of America, respectively, and have extensive experience in kitchens and management positions at multiple Atlanta restaurant groups including Korean Wives, Seed Hospitality and Castellucci Hospitality Group.
Other chefs slated for the first month include Mighty Hans, Krupana and Jimmie’s Jerk Chicken, according to the press release. The chefs for a Fripper’s hot dog night will be announced in September.
Chefs who are interested in being part of the accelerator program are invited to claim a chef profile on the Punk Foodie “pop-up finder” app. Chefs are selected based on app analytics of their activity and Punk Foodie’s understanding of the pop-up scene.
Flemming launched Punk Foodie in 2021. Today, the platform consists of the @punkfoodie.atl Instagram account, a weekly newsletter, a weekly column in Rough Draft Atlanta, the Road Crew foodie content agency, an events arm that curates chef-driven events like Punk Foodie Fest, and the Punk Foodie app.
Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall is part of the historic mixed-use development that has become a popular Atlanta destination since opening to the public in 2015.