A developer has filed plans with the city to build an 18,000-square-foot food hall just off Marietta Square that is expected to feature multiple restaurants.
The food hall will be known as Marietta Square Market and will be built in a converted warehouse at 68 North Marietta Parkway, bordered by the William Root House Museum and Garden on one side and the Herb Shop on the other.
The project is expected to be similar to Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market in Atlanta, according to a news release from Concordia Properties, which is developing the project as part of a joint venture with Capital Properties Group and Synergy Realty Advisors.
Marietta Square Market is planned to have three large anchor restaurants and eight smaller kiosks for restaurants and shops, kiosks that will range between 400 and 800 square feet, the release states. There will also be a central restaurant and bar that will serve a variety of drinks, including an assortment of craft beer.
Designed to mimic a turn-of-the-century railroad depot, the food hall will feature a 1922 streetcar identical to those that used to run from Marietta to Atlanta in the 1930s and 1940s at the front of the building. The fully-restored streetcar will contain a vendor, the release states. The building will also feature glass garage-style doors and a patio.
Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin said he’s very excited about the project and said it will be a great addition to the Square.
“That area’s just been underutilized for 50 or 60 (years), most of my life. It used to be just car places and stuff, real dirty. You can put a shine on that area, especially with this,” Tumlin said.
Tumlin said the Marietta Square Market could be open by summer 2018.
The warehouse space is part of the Marietta Station office and retail complex, which is managed by James Eubanks, president of Wharton Management, Inc.
“Marietta Square Market will quickly become a landmark gathering place in metro Atlanta,” Eubanks said in a statement. “The excitement and innovation this food hall brings will be a welcome addition to the Square and bolster its reputation as a great shopping and dining destination for locals and visitors alike.”