In the Mix
Colony Square’s design-forward food hall POLITAN ROW is Midtown’s latest cultural destination
Politan Row, Midtown’s newest hot spot, is the latest addition to Atlanta’s list of food halls that have popped up in the last few years. Run by New Orleans-based Politan Group, the 20,000-square-foot upscale food hall is a sight for sore eyes with 1970s-inspired design choices that suavely dress the hall. Midcentury modern furniture—varying from formal table seating to more casual seating arrangements—accommodates more than 350 guests between indoors and the patio, which are connected by a 24-foot sliding glass wall.
Indeed, the destination isn’t the average food hall and operates closely to a dine-in restaurant. Guest assistants act similarly to waiters by servicing diners’ requests (extra silverware, glasses of water, etc.) and clearing tables when meals are finished. Don’t expect meals to be delivered in typical to-go boxes. Each stall plates menu items on matching china and pours drinks in suitable glassware.
And with room for 11 food stalls, meal options range from pizzas topped with traditional Indian ingredients to Moroccan fare to the juiciest grass-fed burgers, birria tacos paired with ramen, and more. Politan Group intentionally chose concepts from young, local entrepreneurs who are pushing the envelope of Midtown’s culinary scene. Complementing the eclectic mix of cuisine, Bar Politan offers classic cocktails, mostly local beers and a variety of wines.
For those craving an experience, the food hall’s offerings extend past the food stalls and Bar Politan. A chef’s table allows guests to indulge in tastes from various concepts, while Jojo’s Beloved Cocktail Lounge, the speakeasy hidden somewhere within, is a flashback to 1970s disco glam. Don’t forget your dancing shoes.