Krog Street Market tenants begin reopening for dine-in service

Mixed-use development Krog Street Market is beginning to reopen for dine-in service.

The move comes more than two and a half months after the effects of COVID-19 forced its retailers and restaurants to modify operations and close their dining rooms.

The announcement comes after yesterday's revised executive order from Gov. Brian Kemp. The order relaxes several restrictions on in-person dining at restaurants, removing a limit on the number of patrons who can sit together and permitting salad bars and buffets to reopen with precautions.

Many of the restaurants that make up Krog Street Market have remained open for carry-out and delivery, and several full-service have reopened for limited dine-in or patio seating over the past few weeks including Bar Mercado and Superica.

The communal tables in the market's living room area remain off limits for gathering.

Safety measures and procedures Krog Street Market is implementing include:

--Public display signs will be posted throughout the property to remind visitors to use safe practices, including mask wearing, frequent hand washing and social distancing

--Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout the market for guests and employees

--Plexiglas shields will be installed at check-out stations to separate employees and customers

--Additional outdoor seating options will be available and indoor seating will be restricted

--To limit crowds, market capacity will be substantially decreased

--To ensure social distancing and capacity standards are maintained, dedicated “social distance ambassadors” will be closely monitoring the market

--Dedicated take-out and delivery parking will continue to provide easy access to patrons and third-party delivery services

--Patron survey access points will be located throughout the market so that patrons and employees can share comments, concerns and feedback

--The extent and frequency of the market’s already robust cleaning practices and disinfecting protocol will be increased, with an emphasis on physical touchpoints and high traffic areas

--Valet operations and parking services will be modified for added protection

In conjunction with the reopening, Krog Street Market also released a series of portraits aimed to”spotlight some of the essential workers who have been working tirelessly to keep their businesses running, their teams employed and communities fed throughout these challenging times,” according to a press release.

The project also “aims to encourage safe practices in and around the market, and reassure visitors that the same familiar faces they know and trust are behind the masks seen at their favorite Krog Street Market restaurants.”

Participants include Luca Varuni of Varuni Napoli, Tony Nguyen of Pho Nam and John and Stephanie Castelluci of Bar Mercado and Recess.

The AJC has reached out to a representative for Krog Street Market for more information on specifics regarding the reopening and whether Kemp’s executive order will change the market’s safety procedures.