The restaurant -- which opened its first location in Orlando in 2011 -- is slated to open June 3 in the StudioPlex Alley at 661 Auburn Ave. NE.
Hawkers’ name is inspired by street food vendors who “hawked” their small plates of traditional cooking that the four co-founders, Kaleb Harrell, Allen Lo, Wayne Yung and Kin Ho, encountered while in Asia.
The menu changes seasonally, with a handful of mainstays such as Roti Canai, a, Asian flatbread paired with curry sauce, Pad Thai, Yi Yi’s Chicken Dumplings and Miso Pork Belly Ramen. Other menu items include Lettuce Wraps, Canton Cod, Po Po Lo’s Curry, a vegetable and protein curry dish, Sichuan Wontons, Street Skewers, Crispy Tofu Bites, Kimchi Fried Rice and Steamed Baos, with a variety of vegetarian, gluten-free and pescatarian options. On the beverage side, you’ll find craft cocktails, local beers, wine and sake.
Most of the dishes come from family recipes passed down from Lo, Hawkers chef and co-founder, who worked closely with executive chef Travis Collum. Collum previously worked with Fifth Group Restaurants, which owns Atlanta eateries Lure, Ecco and South City Kitchen among others.
The 4,535 square-foot restaurant is Hawkers’ seventh location so far, with several locations in Florida and North Carolina and plans to open more across the Southeast this year, including a restaurant in Nashville.
The Atlanta space, designed by Studio SOGO, will feature a graffiti mural installation inspired by the Krog Street Tunnel, a long bar, an open air dining area, a poster wall made with more than 1,000 posters designed by Hawkers senior art director Adam Smajstrla and tables inlaid with Asian newspapers.
Hawkers will be open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday; 11am to 10pm, 11 a.m.-11pm Wednesday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday.
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