Street tacos, hibachi coming to Politan Row food hall at Midtown’s Colony Square

Tacos from the menu of Pretty Little Tacos. / Courtesy of the Wilbert Group
Tacos from the menu of Pretty Little Tacos. / Courtesy of the Wilbert Group

Two new food and beverage concepts have been added to the roster at the Politan Row food hall inside Midtown mixed-use development Colony Square.

Gekko, a hibachi and sushi concept from Jack Bai, who launched Gekko as a hibachi and sushi food truck in 2017. The food truck, which serves bento boxes and sushi bowls and burritos, participated in Colony Square’s seasonal food truck series.

·Creole-Mexican street taco concept Pretty Little Tacos was founded by Michaela Merrick in May 2020 as a pop-up at food truck park Triton Yards. Pretty Little Tacos is known for its birria and street tacos including chicken, oxtail, shrimp and steak. Merrick plans to add vegan options and dessert tacos to the offerings at Politan Row.

“Opening a new business is risky, but opening a new business during a pandemic was unheard of,” Merrick said in a prepared statement. “While it was challenging, I learned a lot about myself and my business and was blown away by the support received from the community. I’ve been looking to expand and Politan Row was the perfect opportunity.”

Gekko and Pretty Little Tacos will join previously announced tenants Federal Burger, Bun Mi Grill and YŌM inside Politan Row at Colony Square.

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.

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Rendering of the Politan Row food hall at Colony Square. / Courtesy of Bell-Butler
Rendering of the Politan Row food hall at Colony Square. / Courtesy of Bell-Butler

Credit: Bell-Butler

Credit: Bell-Butler

The 20,000 square-foot Politan Row, the company’s largest project, will offer room for 11 food and beverage concepts, a central bar and a secret bar as well as three event spaces.

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.

Politan Row will join other food and beverage concepts at Colony Square including Brown Bag Seafood Co., Sukoshi, dine-in movie theater IPIC, 5Church Atlanta, Establishment, Freshii, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A and Moe’s Southwest Grill. Holeman and Finch Public House, King of Pops and Rumi’s Kitchen are also slated to open in Colony Square this year, as well as Serena Pastificio, an Italian concept set to open next to IPIC, with its own entrance and menu.

The grand opening celebration for Politan Row at Colony Square will kick off on Thursday, June 24 with a ticketed VIP event, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, June 25, and all-day festivities open to the public on Saturday, June 26.

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