Atlanta Dairies developer Paces Properties Thursday announced two new tenants set to join the Memorial Drive redevelopment, Spina Pizza and Small Fry. Both concepts are anticipated to open in the final quarter of 2022.
“After several successful pop-up events at Dairies beginning in 2021, Neapolitan pizzeria Spina Pizza is now set to plant roots at the redevelopment,” according to a press release. The new concept comes from Anthony Spina, Jr., son of Nina & Rafi and O4W Pizza creator Anthony Spina, Sr.
Skip Engelbrecht, the mind behind Paris on Ponce, La Maison Rouge, and co-owner of 8Arm, with Nhan Le, award-winning executive chef, and owner of So Ba, Octopus Bar, 8Arm, 3Heart Roastery, and the recently-opened FishMonger Seafood Market in Poncey-Highland, Small Fry is a concept focused on “fast, fried comfort food with an elevated look and taste.”
“It’s been incredible to be a part of Atlanta Dairies’ transformation,” David Cochran, President and CEO of Paces Properties, said. “The 11-acre mixed-use project has evolved over the years from a vision to now a tangible reality for all to see, experience and enjoy. From dining and entertainment to retail, culture, and office tenants, Dairies is truly a center that easily transitions from work to play. And, with the addition of Spina Pizza and Small Fry, it will soon be the neighborhood hub we envisioned.”
Spina Pizza aims to be the new “neighborhood pizza joint” of Reynoldstown, encompassing a 3,012 square-foot space set on the exterior perimeter of the property and adjacent to Three Taverns Imaginarium.
The Neapolitan pizza-based restaurant, rounded out by a menu of classic Italian American dishes, guests can expect pizza classics such as Margheritas, Hot Boys (Spina’s take on pepperoni drizzled with hot honey), and Funghis, as well as Old World-inspired pastas, small plates, and house-made tiramisu. From the dough to the sauce, every detail will be refined to showcase what makes classic Italian food such a treasure. The beverage program will focus on aperitivo cocktails and a well-curated selection of natural wine.
Small Fry, set to be a small, walk-up, counter service-style restaurant where guests can take their food to go or enjoy it out in The Yard, will be bright-colored, with a touch of neon-noir in its 1,421 square-foot space.
French-trained and world-traveled, Brad Forsblom will serve as executive chef. “Forsblom’s omnivorous culinary background, including stints at several Michelin-starred restaurants, allows him to take a chameleon’s approach to food, ever-changing and always fit for the occasion,” according to the release. At Small Fry, Forsblom will offer elevated versions of fried chicken sandwiches, fried fish sandwiches, falafel burgers, fish nuggets, and shrimp baskets, as well as seasonal soft-serve ice cream flavors.
Spina Pizza and Small Fry join seven additional tenants that are already open including City Champion, Dairies Coffeehouse and Cold Brew Bar, Paradiso Plant Shop, Proper Wax, Three Taverns Imaginarium, Wonderkid, YOUNG BLOOD and The Eastern music venue. An eighth tenant, El Malo, which was announced earlier this year, is set to open later this year.
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