Tal Postelnik Baum, who owns Italian eatery Bellina Alimentari in Ponce City Market, is slated to open her second restaurant next month.
Aziza will open in late June in the Westside Provisions District development in the space underneath Marcel.
Meaning ‘happiness’ in Arabic, Aziza will feature a menu “designed around the Israeli tradition of sharing and bring together patrons for a meal that utilizes all of their senses,” according to a press release, with food that hearkens back to Baum’s Israaeli roots.
Executive chef Brandon Hughes will offer some non-traditional Israeli dishes, drawing on influences from various Middle Eastern cultures.
“We plan to fully celebrate Israeli food and culture in a fun and welcoming atmosphere,” Baum said in a prepared statement. “I wanted to create a space that highlights the dishes that I grew up with and those that many may not necessarily be familiar with. Diners will experience exciting, complex yet ethnic flavors and leave feeling as if they’ve just been welcomed into someone’s home in Israel.”
On the beverage side, look for Israeli and Californian wines, local and Mediterranean craft beers and cocktails made with Mediterranean liquors.
The 3,938 square-foot space will be designed by Smith Hanes and will feature an open kitchen with a wood-burning oven and indoor and outdoor seating.
A neighboring falafel stand, Falafel Nation, will sell to-go items including hummus bowls, falafel, pitas and other vegetarian street food.
Meanwhile, in Old Fourth Ward, Baum is slated to open her third restaurant, Rina, in the Ford Factory Lofts near the Eastside Beltline this fall. Rina will serve skewers, falafel, sandwiches and salads.
Baum worked in restaurants in Italy for several years before opening Bellina Alimentari in 2015.
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