Just as plans (and concerns) begin to come into focus for Portman’s eventual remake of Amsterdam Walk, the national developer with deep Atlanta roots has declared its first BeltLine venture finished, while offering another glimpse of what’s on the menu in terms of tenants.
The close of construction in Old Fourth Ward coincides with news that Portman has signed Yuji—a new Japanese concept by Kinjo Enterprise, named for the restauranteur's best friend—to join the chef-driven restaurant mix at the 135,000-square-foot Junction Krog District project.
Yuji is expected to open in summer 2024.
In coming weeks, meanwhile, plans call for activating the project’s 7,000-square-foot public porch with pop-up bars and live music, Portman officials announced today.
Described as a Japanese-modern restaurant with a Kaiseki-inspired menu offering fresh and seasonal dishes, Yuji will be connected to the building’s porch with two outdoor bars designed for easy pedestrian access, plus a touchscreen display for to-go orders.
Interiors bedecked with Japanese wallpaper and Hinoki wood accents are described as sophisticated, while a 1,670-square-foot patio will serve cocktails, beer, and sake on draft.
Yuji will join Italian restaurant YEPPA&co, the first Junction Krog District tenant announced, in BeltLine-fronting space on the project’s ground floor. YEPPA&co is also now planned to open next summer, whereas earlier plans called for it opening in March.
Junction Krog District lends a modern contrast to the throwback brick and more traditional designs of Asana Partners’ new buildings across the BeltLine. Beneath a stack of large office balconies, other public-accessible aspects of Portman’s development include a vertical terrace with gardens and multiple seating areas. (Head to this recent photo essay for a closer look at how Junction Krog District turned out.)
Just north of the Auburn Avenue project, Portman recently closed on 1.3 acres beside the Eastside Trail where Junction Krog District’s second phase is eventually planned to be built.
Farther north on the trail, the company recently scaled back its plans for a blocks-long transformation of Ponce de Leon Avenue, meaning some businesses such as The Local will keep operating for the foreseeable future.
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