Ponko Chicken, an Atlanta-based restaurant, will join the Marietta Square Market as its 20th merchant in September, the food hall announced Wednesday.

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to Marietta Square Market.

Marietta Square Market announced Wednesday that Ponko Chicken will be joining the food hall as its 20th merchant. The Atlanta-based “Japanese-American inspired” restaurant is scheduled to open in September, according to Jennifer Nilsson, a spokeswoman for the market.

Nilsson said interior finish work is underway on the restaurant’s space at the market.

Ponko’s menu centers on its signature chicken tenders, served fried or grilled, in a variety of styles, including plates and salads, as well as sandwiches and tacos, Nilsson said. She said the entrees are served with a choice from an assortment of sauces and sides including fries, sweet fries, potato salad, sticky rice, green beans or cole slaw. The restaurant will also offer tofu, a vegan patty and gluten-free options, as well as a kids’ menu.

Ponko Chicken first opened in Chamblee in 2017 and soon after expanded to a second location in Midtown Atlanta, Nilsson said. The restaurant’s “unique take on chicken” has earned it awards like “Best Selling Taste” at Taste of Atlanta two years in a row, as well as “Best Fried Chicken” at ATL Cluckfest 2018 and “Best Dish” at Midtown Spring Crawl 2019, she said.

The Marietta Square Market is located at 68 North Marietta Parkway, one block from Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square District. The 18,500-square-foot food hall, which opened in March, is designed to resemble a turn-of-the-century train station and mirrors food hall models including Atlanta’s Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market.

The market currently has 18 active merchants — 16 restaurants and two retail shops. For more information, visit or follow the market on Facebook or Instagram: @mariettasquaremarket.

For leasing information for the market, contact Kelly Wilson of Ackerman Retail at 770-913-3912.

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