Politan Row at Colony Square food hall adds tenants, sets opening date

Mario Ali's Belli Pizzeria is coming to Politan Row at Colony Square. / Courtesy of the Wilbert Group
Mario Ali's Belli Pizzeria is coming to Politan Row at Colony Square. / Courtesy of the Wilbert Group

Credit: Chelsea Kyle

Credit: Chelsea Kyle

The long-awaited Politan Row at Colony Square food hall has added more culinary concepts to its roster and has set an opening date.

The food hall is set to open on June 24 with a “Taste Reimagined” event. Tickets, which go on sale June 1, will include live music, a tasting tour and meet-and-greets with the culinary talent. A ribbon cutting and activities will take place June 25, in addition to live music on June 26.

Taylur Davis is the founder of Locale Cafe at Politan Row at Colony Square. / Courtesy of the Wilbert Group
Taylur Davis is the founder of Locale Cafe at Politan Row at Colony Square. / Courtesy of the Wilbert Group

Joining the roster of food and beverage tenants at Politan Row will be:

  • Belli Pizzeria, a Neapolitan-style pizza concept founded by Mario Ali, who grew up in the food service industry and has managed the restaurants and bars at Kimpton Hotel and worked at several other Atlanta clubs and restaurants. Belli, a riff on the Italian word for beautiful, will offer a variety of pizzas and other Italian dishes, including charcuterie plates.
  • Locale Cafe, a Caribbean concept specializing in jerk chicken. Locale comes from Taylur Davis, who worked as several restaurants in Los Angeles before relocating back to her hometown of Atlanta. The food stall, Davis’ first brick-and-mortar location, and will serve Caribbean-inspired dishes including Jamaican meat patties, jerk wings and stewed oxtail bowls.
  • “Beverage experience” Bar Politan will feature an extensive wine list and cocktails that guests will be able to drink as they walk around the open-container property. Quinton Anderson, who has worked in the hospitalty industry for more than 15 years at concepts including the Whitley Hotel and the W Buckhead, will serve as the beverage manager. Bar Politan will feature a 40-seat central bar as well as “event bars” around the food hall.

Mario Ali is the founder of Belli Pizzeria at Politan Row at Colony Square. / Courtesy of the Wilbert Group
Mario Ali is the founder of Belli Pizzeria at Politan Row at Colony Square. / Courtesy of the Wilbert Group

Already announced for Politan Row at Colony Square are Federal Burger, Bun Mi Grill, YŌM, Pretty Little Taco and Gekko.

Serena Pastificio, Holeman and Finch Public House, Rumi’s Kitchen, King of Pops, Sweetgreen and Saints + Council will open later this summer at Colony Square.

Already established food and beverage concepts at Colony Square include Brown Bag Seafood Co., Sukoshi, dine-in movie theater IPIC, 5Church Atlanta, Establishment, Freshii, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A and Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Located at 14th and Peachtree streets, the 50-year-old Colony Square development is undergoing a $400 million transformation overseen by North American Properties. Politan Row at Colony Square will be operated by Politan Group, which has opened and operated six other food halls in Chicago, Miami and Houston, among other cities.

The 20,000 square-foot Politan Row, will be the company’s largest project.

A digital interface will give customers the option to place orders remotely without approaching counters of individual eateries and utilize contactless pick-up and drop-off options. The food hall will also be equipped with movable furniture to accommodate occupancy restrictions and distancing between groups.

Politan Row at Colony Square will feature moving glass wall system NanaWall, which will create more options within the interior space. More than half of the 40,000 square feet of the food hall will be dedicated to outdoor dining, with spaces including the Plaza, the Patio and the Grove.

The Patio, which fronts the stage and Plaza, will feature a variety of covered seating options and shuffleboard courts. Separately, there will be an outdoor bar, which will allow open carry of beverages throughout Colony Square.

The Grove, which opened in May 2019, offers shaded seating for outdoor dining.

The multi-phase redevelopment of Colony Square, which began in 2017, includes pushing out street-level retail and adding two office buildings and a concierge program in addition to the new outdoor spaces and dining concepts.

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