Westside Paper announces first four restaurants
The latest in a series of new Westside developments – Interlock, Star Metals, the Works – Westside Paper (950 Marietta Street West) announced its first four restaurant tenants: Boxcar Betty’s, Glide Pizza, Girl Diver and Pancake Social. Located across from the King Plow Arts Center and adjacent to Puritan Mill, Westside Paper spans 15 acres and focuses on a 1950s warehouse. Developed by Third & Urban and FCP, Westside Paper is a mixed-use project of 245,000 square feet. Here’s what you can expect:
Open in early summer 2022, Boxcar Betty’s is a casual chicken sandwich restaurant with locations in Charleston, Charlotte, and Chicago. At 2,000 square feet, Atlanta’s premier location will offer counter service with approximately 14 seats inside and 16 on the patio.
The menu is simple: chicken sandwiches, fillets, a burger, a salad and sides. Everything is made from scratch using local ingredients where possible. The chicken is free from antibiotics, hormones and cages and cured in a special blend of sugar, salt and spices for depth of flavor.
âOur menu is very simple and straightforward. We’re trying to do one thing and do it really well, âsays co-founder Roth Scott.
The signature sandwich is served with chili cheese, peach coleslaw, pickles and spicy mayo on fried or grilled chicken or a chili-stuffed portobello mushroom. The “Chicken Not So Waffle” includes bacon jam, maple syrup, chili and tomato. Accompaniments include fried pickles, fried pickled green tomatoes, and sweet potato fries.
Despite the name, Boxcar Betty’s is not located in a converted boxcar.
âThe original plan was to put it in an area with a lot of trains, but that failed, and we just liked the alliteration,â says Scott.
The location of Westside Paper, however, will reflect this spirit through the use of reclaimed wood and industrial style accessories.
Launched at Irwin Street Market just off BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, Glide Pizza offers New York-style takeout slices and pies. Opening in summer 2022, Westside Paper’s new location will “always be very focused on the future,” said founder Rob Birdsong. It will have counter service, around eight bar stools and some sort of take-out window, details of which are yet to be determined.
âThere are a lot of offices nearby. I understand the need for people to have food accessible and return to their desks, âBirdsong says.
While the menu is similar to Glide’s current offerings, Birdsong says he hopes to add new pizza toppings and start offering salad. Glide Westside will also serve beer and wine, which is not available at Irwin Street.
The new location will also allow Glide to expand its delivery program, which is operated by bikes.
âIt’s really important to us. We are always on the lookout for exciting neighborhoods, and we see [the Westside] as an opportunity to develop this part of our business, âsaid Birdsong. âOur pizza holds up very well at home. It’s a good travel pizza.
Glide will open an additional location inside Inner Voice Brewing at Decatur in early 2022.
Restaurateur and chef Richard Tang is opening the second location of his Vietnamese Girl Diver restaurant in mid-summer or late fall. Almost 1,000 square feet more than the Reynoldstown spot, Girl Diver Westside will have two patios and a second-floor lanai.
Food and drink will be similar to the original – crispy Brussels, fried beef dumplings, pad prik king, shaking beef – but the design and decoration will be different.
âI’m super proud of Girl Diver. This is not your traditional Vietnamese pho house. It’s more than that, âTang says. âI grew up with a lot of these foods, these are my mom’s recipes. “
On the second floor, the new restaurant will offer a private event space with a bar.
“[The neighborhood] is different. People are different. The environment is different. My last properties were smaller and a bit more boutique, âsays Tang.
Anne Quatrano (Bacchanalia), Tony Riffel (formerly of Octane Coffee), Dan Jacobson (formerly of Chick-fil-A) and Steven Chan (Tin Drum Asian Kitchen) opened Pancake Social at the Ponce City market in 2019. Today The breakfast place serves eggs, waffles, and breakfast sandwiches, in addition to pancakes. In June 2022, Jacobson, Riffel and Chan – note the loss of Quatrano, which focuses on its other restaurants – will open a second, slightly smaller location at the front of Westside Paper.
âWe love the Westside,â says Jacobson. âIt’s always been on our radar through Tony and the original Octane and all the development going on there. Anne has been very successful in the Westside as well.
Westside Paper’s menu will be very similar to that at Ponce City Market, with the addition of healthier bowls and breakfast items. There will also be additional drink options, including frozen and shaken espresso drinks, such as macchiato, as well as mocktails and juices. Brunch cocktails like mimosas and Bloody Marys will remain the same.
âWe want to improve the coffee experience. We always dreamed of being a coffee shop, âsays Jacobson. âSo we give the front part of the restaurant the impression of being autonomous, a mark within the brand. “
The cafÃ© area will have a counter where customers can order pastries and drinks to take away or to enjoy on the stools and high tables. Further on, the dining room will resemble that of the Ponce City Market with space for 50 people. Glass garage windows can be rolled up in good weather to open up the space on the patio.
As for the Pancake Social rumor in Pinewood Forest? Jacobson says the timing wasn’t right, but he’s still looking for other places around Atlanta.