Bibi Persian Restaurant Opening at Ponce City Market and Other Restaurant News of the Week


According to a press release, Bibi, which roughly translates to “powerful and generous female leader in the community”, is a nod to Kargar’s mother, aunts and grandmother, who helped him. to bring him up and train him in the kitchen.


A rendering of Bibi, slated to open summer 2022 at Ponce City Market.

Credit: Archie Bolden

A rendering of Bibi, slated to open summer 2022 at Ponce City Market.

Credit: Archie Bolden

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A rendering of Bibi, slated to open summer 2022 at Ponce City Market.

Credit: Archie Bolden

Credit: Archie Bolden

Kargar left his native Iran at age 17, eventually landing in Atlanta, where he earned a degree in hospitality from Georgia State University while working at several restaurants, including Rumi’s Kitchen. It opened Delbar in 2020, with a menu featuring dishes like lamb neck shawarma, pomegranate, nut and herb stuffed trout, hummus and tahdig.

Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall is in the midst of a major expansion, with the recent opening of Nani’s Piri Piri Chicken, Vietvana Noodle House, Atrium and several other concepts set to open in the coming months, including Spicewalla and Umbrella Bar.

Ponce City Market’s existing food and beverage concepts include Sweetgreen, Bar Vegan, and Eleven TLC, as well as longer-term tenants like H&F Burger, Farm to Ladle, and Ton Ton.

The expansion was announced in late 2020, with plans to add a four-story office building, additional shops and restaurants surrounding an outdoor courtyard and 400 units of what developer Jamestown described as a “living hospital”.

The existing development includes offices – more than 5,200 people work at Ponce City Market – and residential units in addition to restaurants and shops.


Several months after closing at its original location on Cherokee Avenue across from Zoo Atlanta, Grant Park Cafe returns to its namesake neighborhood with a cafe in the CL Chosewood building at the corner of Grant Street and Georgia Avenue.

The cafe closed its Cherokee Avenue location on September 29 after 11 years, and a few weeks later opened at 8 Park Place South in downtown Atlanta. The Grant Park Coffeehouse serves a variety of coffee drinks, wraps, sandwiches and pastries.

The Howdy ATL Biscuit Factory is set to open in the Cherokee Avenue space this spring.


Bike themed cafe Good cafe bike shop is expected to open in the coming months at 3947 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in Suwanee, What Now Atlanta is reporting.


Vegan barbecue restaurant VBQ Grass Seal closed its Stone Mountain location, Eater Atlanta reports and owner Terry Sargent announced it on Instagram. Grass VBQ opened in Stone Mountain in December 2020 after operating as a pop-up in the city since 2019. Sagent currently sells its plant-based food at Triton Yards food truck park and plans to open a ghost kitchen in the Oak Street Eats building in the West End later this month. The Stone Mountain building will serve as the catering kitchen for Grass VBQ.


Seafood chain crab of the day opened its first location in metro Atlanta last month at The Gallery at South DeKalb.

The restaurant is known for its Ultimate Seafood Boil where customers can choose the level of seafood, sauce, and spice. Other menu items include po’boys, wings, burgers, and hush puppies.

Crab du Jour has more than 80 locations in the United States, in states such as Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

More restaurant and brewery news

Schoolhouse Brewing opening location near Emory

Closure of Dugan on Ponce de Leon Avenue, reopening in Northlake

Closure of Root Baking Co. in Ponce City Market

Opening of the Okiboru site in Buckhead

Opening of Mac’s Raw Bar & Market in Place Marietta

Whataburger opens multiple locations in Metro Atlanta

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