The long-anticipated diner from the teams behind frozen pop purveyor King of Pops and Big Citizen, which operates popular Atlanta concepts Bon Ton and The Lawrence as well as holiday pop-up Miracle Bar Atlanta, is opening Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Atlanta Dairies complex on Memorial Drive.
Dubbing itself “more than just a diner,” Wonderkid features a menu from executive chef Justin Dixon, formerly of Shed at Glenwood and Bully Boy). Offerings include diner food with a twist served all day, seasonal evening specials and a rotating selection of surprise late-night plates, as well as desserts including pies and cakes from pastry chef Sarah Simpkins.
Also on the sweet side will be King of Pops’ first soft-serve ice cream, made with grass-fed Georgia dairy and locally-sourced fruits. Starting with chocolate and vanilla, they will also be serving non-dairy, fruit-only options such as raspberry and pineapple. In addition to soft serve, there will be a rotating selection of frozen pops.
Launching in the new year, the bar program, led by beverage director Taylor Blackgrave, will feature a rotating cocktail menu entitled “Now Playing,” with drinks inspired by great music albums, including frozen ice cream cocktails made with King of Pops soft serve. Also look for an extensive cocktail list, a wine program featuring a selection of mostly American wine, and a non-alcoholic can and bottle selection of juices and zero-proof cocktails inspired by old-fashioned soda shops.
Wonderkid’s repurposed midcentury design elements from Smith Hanes Studio create a “Mad Men meets Twin Peaks nostalgic vibe,” according to a press release.
From now through the new year, Wonderkid will be serving lunch and dinner from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. King of Pop’s debut soft-serve ice cream bar will be open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wonderkid will be closed Dec. 23 and open for lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 24. Early morning breakfast service hours will kick off in January.
Wonderkid will join Dairies Coffeehouse and Cold Brew Bar in the Atlanta Dairies mixed-use development. Forthcoming tenants include The Eastern, a live music venue by AEG and Zero Mile Presents; Three Taverns Imaginarium, an extension of Decatur’s Three Taverns Brewery; and Collier’s from the team behind The Merchant.
777 Memorial Drive, Atlanta. wonderkidatl.com
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