December 2, 2022

A food hall is set to open soon in the Lee + White area of ​​the West End

The evolving West End warehouse district plans to open the next food hall adjacent to the BeltLine in a few months, and plans are becoming clearer as to what exactly will be on the menu there.

Ackerman & Co. and MDH Partners, developers behind the Lee + White venture of 11 adaptive reuse buildings, report this week that the long-discussed restoration component of the project will now open in early 2023. 19 vendors, a central bar and no shortage of Westside Trail frontage.

The food hall component will also connect directly to Lee + White’s Central Lawn, a public gathering and event space that claims a portion of the district’s expansive parking lots.

Officials on Wednesday announced four new concepts for the catering portion, which are expected to diversify offerings in Atlanta’s Southwest district, best known for its range of brewery options today.

These include Costa Coffee, a growing UK-based concept, as well as Mexican restaurants Cielito Lindo taqueria and Crème de la Crepe, and California-based Sweet Red Peach bakery.

View of the adaptive reuse food hall plans from above the BeltLine’s Westside Trail. Courtesy of MDH Partners, Ackerman & Co.; designs, Smith Dalia Architects

Previously signed food hall tenants, also expected to debut early next year, include Gekko Hibachi & Sushi, Honeysuckle Gelato, Lake & Oak BBQ, Mochinut, The Original Hot Dog Factory and Pastaholics.

In the meantime, Lee + White plans to launch a brightly colored shipping container village near the food hall project in November. The component’s goal is to provide an “affordable opportunity for startups and small businesses looking for a physical space to sell their products,” according to this week’s announcement.

Ackerman teamed up with MDH Partners in 2019 to buy Lee + White for $40.3 million. The list of 426,000 square feet of existing space includes three breweries (the recently expanded Monday Night Garage, Best End and Wild Heaven), a distillery (ASW), as well as a Boxcar restaurant, a Hop City beer store, Honeysuckle Gelato, Sweet South Pickles, and the Westside’s premier climbing gym, The Overlook.


Overview of the Lee + White property, above the nearby MARTA line. Courtesy of Ackerman & Co./MDH Partners; designs, Smith Dalia Architects

Here’s a look at the latest Lee + White food hall concepts, as described by project representatives this week:

Costa Coffee: Known as the UK’s favorite cafe, Costa Coffee will open its doors in a premium 1,647 square foot space in the food hall at the entrance facing White Street. Founded in London in 1971, Costa has nearly 4,000 stores worldwide, including around 2,500 outlets in the UK. [Expect] a full-service cafe at Lee + White, featuring signature coffee blends, craft barista drinks, a fresh on-site bakery, and chef-made breakfast and lunch options.

Choosing Atlanta for the launch of its US expansion, Costa opened its first cafe in August in the CODA mixed-use development of Tech Square and a second location in Atlanta at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School earlier. this month.

Sweet Red Peach: Based in Inglewood, Calif., the family-run Inglewood-based bakery opens its first location on the US East Coast at Lee + White. The bakery is known for its mouth-watering peach cobbler, sweet potato pie, cupcakes and banana pudding, as well as a range of cakes including German chocolate, carrot cake, red velvet and coconut pineapple.

Mexican concepts: Bringing two concepts to the food hall, the fast-growing family business that launched Crème de la crêpe at Marietta Square Market is opening its second Crème de la crêpe at Lee + White with Cielito Lindo, specializing in Mexican street food.

La Crème de la Crêpe will offer breakfast, savory and dessert crepes, with varieties such as Philly cheese steaks, pizza and crepes for veggie lovers, and dessert crepes such as the Côte d’ Azure with cinnamon apples, nuts and caramel. Cielito Lindo will serve authentic Mexican street food and offer tacos, tostadas, flautas and quesadillas with toppings such as pollo asado, carne asada, pork al pastor, beef barbacoa and nopal (grilled cactus), as well as churros and Mexican rice pudding for dessert.

• West End ATL News, discussion (Urbanize Atlanta)