Lao Restaurant Snackboxe Bistro Confirms It’s Opening at The Battery Atlanta’s New Food Hall
Other restaurants at PH’EAST food hall include Lifting Noodles Ramen, Poke Burri, Kung Fu Tea, and a tap-based bar
Doraville Lao restaurant Snackboxe Bistro plans to open a second location at the upcoming Battery Atlanta food hall called Ph’east next to Wahlburgers on Legends Place. Snackboxe owner and Eater Atlanta 2018 Chef of the Year winner, Thip Athakhanh, confirmed the news and says they hope to open by September at the Cobb County complex, also home to Braves SunTrust Park.
Other restaurants opening at the hall include Poke Burri, Lifting Noodles Ramen, and Kung Fu Tea. Poke Burri and Lifting Noodles are based out of We Suki Suki: Global Grub Collective in East Atlanta Village. Kung Fu Tea has locations in downtown Atlanta and on Buford Highway in Doraville.
In addition to the food stalls, a bar called the TAPS@PH’EAST is in the works with beer, wine, sake, and cocktails on tap. The Taps is owned by Zach Yurchuck, Cliff Crider, and Mitch Jaffe of Truck & Tap beer truck, which resides at restaurants in Woodstock, Alpharetta, and Duluth.
PH’EAST, similar in set-up to Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market, plans to offer a variety of Asian food vendors, along with indoor and outdoor seating for up to 100 people.
Athakhanh says the menu for Snackboxe-Battery Atlanta features ten to 12 dishes, with two dishes exclusive to the food hall: yellow curry prawns and Lao-style grilled oysters.
She remembers first learning to make a similar curry recipe using blue crabs with her aunt at 12 years old. Athakhanh chose prawns due to their year-round availability in Georgia. The dish incorporates eggs combined with ginger, shallots, garlic, yellow curry, and other seasonings.
The grilled oysters are a favorite of Athakhanh’s husband and Snackboxe Bistro’s general manager, Vanh Sengaphone. The dozen oysters are grilled over an open flame. A special sauce is poured over the oysters right before they’re served and topped with a sprinkle of fried garlic, fried onions, and cilantro.
“We’ve been looking at expansion for several months at different locations and feel the Battery is a good fit,” Athakhanh explains. “Most of our customers currently commute from Marietta to Doraville. The Battery will be closer for them. The area is also growing.”
The food hall is located across from Aloft Hotel, dine-in theatre Silverspot Cinema, and Savi Provisions, all under construction and slated to open at Battery Atlanta next year. PH’EAST is part of PREP, a commercial kitchen facility serving over 160 metro Atlanta entrepreneurial food companies.
Eater Atlanta reached out to the developer to request renderings and to inquire about additional vendors.
Source: Eater Atlanta.
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