Two grand openings are set to take place along North Highland Avenue in Poncey-Highland on Monday, June 13, when East Pole Coffee Co. and Jinya Ramen Bar open at the Plaza on Ponce complex.
This will be the second Atlanta location for East Pole Coffee, which first opened on Ottley Drive in Armor Yards in 2017. East Pole is taking over the former San Francisco Coffee space around the corner from the building on North Highland, at next to the recently opened fishmonger. . The Poncey-Highland location features an expanded food menu, more seating, community tables and a large bar.
In its first week, the café opens from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with permanent hours from June 20, opening from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Then, later this year, East Pole owners Jared Karr, Matt Chesla and Jules Tompkins plan to open a natural wine bar called Sea Legs in the space. In the afternoon and evening, East Pole will transition to Sea Legs, offering natural wine and a different menu.
“When East Pole closes, Sea Legs will open as a separate experience, with a different menu,” a statement on East Pole’s website reads. “Wine lovers can come and enjoy a glass or a bottle of wine with friends, choosing from an ever-changing list curated by our team.”
After announcing plans to open nearly four years ago (and a slew of delays), Jinya Ramen Bar is finally launching its highly anticipated Poncey-Highland location next to the East Pole on June 13 at 11 a.m. It’s Atlanta’s second location in the city for the popular LA ramen import, and its sixth location in the metro area.
Open for lunch and dinner, Jinya is known for serving both traditional bowls and twists on ramen, such as black tonkotsu with chashu pork, fried onions and garlic oil, tonkotsu ramen with garlic called “cha cha cha” seasoned with fish powder, and a spicy and creamy vegan ramen made with tofu. In addition to ramen, the restaurant offers baos, edamame, rice bowls, and curries.
This particular block in Poncey-Highland, anchored by the Plaza Theater and longtime restaurants Sweet Auburn BBQ, the Righteous Room and Majestic Diner, is currently experiencing a restaurant renaissance. A handful of new restaurants have opened since 2019, with more planning to open in the coming months.
Chef Joey Ward opened the critically acclaimed restaurants Southern Belle and Georgia Boy in 2019 next to the Righteous Room just before the pandemic hit. In May, chef Nhan Le and Skip Engelbrecht (8ARM, Octopus Bar), along with chef and partner Bradford Forsblom, opened their highly anticipated seafood market and raw bar Fishmonger next to the upcoming East Pole location. Coffee. The fishmonger sold nearly 700 pounds of fresh fish in its first week of business and serves nearly 60 grouper sandwiches each day for lunch. Le and Engelbrecht also plan to start serving wine and beer at the evening market.
A location of Ohio-based Jeni’s Ice Cream opened last year along Clerburne Terrace near the Majestic, taking over the former Queen of Cream space.
Peruvian restaurant Tio Lucho’s is opening this summer in the former CO sushi space across from Fishmonger, East Pole Coffee and Sea Legs. After running Peruvian pop-up La Chingana for more than a year, chef Arnaldo Castillo has teamed up with Sweet Auburn BBQ co-owner Howard Hsu to help open the 130-seat restaurant serving ceviche, fruit of sea and other dishes inspired by those found in Piura and Lima. , Peru.
676 North Highland Ave, Atlanta. eastpole.coffee.com; jinyaramenbar.com;