By Katy Ruth Camp
MARIETTA — “In the market” for new dining options?
The highly anticipated Marietta Square Market officially opened for business on Thursday morning, with large crowds pouring in and out of the modern food hall throughout the day and night.
The market, which was announced in March 2017, had a soft opening Monday, but the majority of the businesses didn’t start serving until Thursday. Of the 20 business spaces built into the market, 12 were open on Thursday: retailers ’Merica Clothing and Glory Haus and restaurants Bread + Butter Bakery, BullGogi, Creme de la Crepe, Forno Vero Pizza & Bar, Four Fat Cows, Lucky’s Burger & Brew, Pita Mediterranean, Shai-Karr Eatery, Street Taco and Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar. Others opening in the next three to four weeks include Cousins Maine Lobster, D’Cuban Café, Grand Champion BBQ, Just Loaf’N, Momosan Ramen and Tandoori Square.
Many of the restaurants are set up as a kiosk, walk-up style of restaurant with open seating throughout the market while Forno Vero, Street Taco, Lucky’s Burger & Brew and Bread + Butter Bakery provide their own seating options.
The 18,500-square-foot food hall, which was modeled after Atlanta’s popular Krog Street and Ponce City Market food halls, will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and until 9 p.m. on Sundays, according to its website, mariettasquaremarket.com.
On Thursday afternoon, Delicia Brewer and her mother, Devlin Brewer, along with Devlin’s co-worker at Marietta City Schools, Amber Campbell, browsed the market before purchasing a hat at ‘Merica Clothing and deciding on a lunch spot. All three live in Marietta, very close to the new market. Devlin and Amber said they came during the soft opening and ate at Street Taco for lunch, but all three said they would likely eat at Bulgogi on Thursday afternoon.
“Street Taco was good, but a little pricey,” Devlin said, echoing a similar response from other customers about some of the dining options in the market. “I wasn’t expecting so many people here, and we’ll definitely be back, but we’ll still frequent the other restaurants on the (Marietta) Square, too.”
Delicia, who said some of her favorite Marietta spots include Taqueria Tsunami and Glover Park Brewery, said she was excited to see the market finally open and thinks it will bring a new energy to the city.
“It has that city vibe, so I think it will make the area seem a little more hip and bring younger people to the city. I actually think it will help all of the businesses around Marietta because it will bring more people here. You might have dinner on the Square then come here for ice cream or something. I think it will be good for everyone in the area,” Delicia said.
The project’s development team and merchants joined Marietta and Cobb officials to cut the ribbon last week, officially opening the market. Marietta Square Market is at 68 North Marietta Parkway, one block from Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square District.