Marietta Square Market developer will announce first restaurants soon

Here's a look at the 18,000-square-foot food hall a group of developers want to bring to Marietta.

Credit: Courtesy to the AJC

Credit: Courtesy to the AJC

Here's a look at the 18,000-square-foot food hall a group of developers want to bring to Marietta.

A developer of the food hall project proposed for downtown Marietta said the first batch of restaurants set to inhabit the space would be announced sometime early next week.

Developers Capital Properties Group and Concordia Properties announced the project in March, saying it would be an 18,000-square-foot mixed-use complex like Atlanta places-to-be-seen Krog Street and Ponce City markets.

Ed Lee with CPG said leases on about four or five of the restaurants should be finalized and ready to announce either Monday or Tuesday.

He said he expects the food hall to open at about three-quarters capacity.

The market, which would be just behind the William Root House Museum & Garden, was first proposed as having room for three anchor restaurants and eight smaller kiosks between 400 and 800 square feet.

This would all happen inside the historic Marietta Station buildings at 68 N. Marietta Pkwy. NW, making the market about a seven-minute walk from its namesake Square.

The project passed its first step of approval from the historic preservation commission in early April; Lee said project leaders are now getting small changes approved by the board.

The next step is applying for permits, which he said would happen in the next month or two.

Aesthetically, the food hall will be themed as an old train station, the intention being to draw on the county’s long locomotive history.

One of the vendors would be inside a restored 1922 curved side streetcar made to look like the ones that ran from Marietta to Atlanta in the 1930s and 40s.

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