Small Spaces, Big Style – H&F Burger + Hops Chicken & Spiller Park Coffee

Ponce City Market’s food hall is hardly your ordinary food court. Looking around, every restaurant screams individual style in beautiful details and unique craftsmanship just as loudly as they broadcast their menus. Nonetheless, building for these culinary stalls is an exercise in maximizing detail in a minimum of space. Every inch counts when all of them are so visible while your order and eat.  We rose to the tiny-space challenge for three of Ponce City’s most visible eateries, H&F Burger, Hop’s Chicken and Spiller Park Coffee.

Linton Hopkins kind of owns the rightmost corner of the PCM food hall. As soon as you walk in, Hop’s Chicken draws you in with the bright, white glow of a glossy diner. We amped up the joint’s simple, two-window design with glowing maple countertops with bull-nose fronts that beg a good lean while you’re waiting for your biscuits. We also created shallow, shiny cabinets to allow Hop’s to display the South’s most-beloved condiments (hot sauce and Duke’s mayonnaise, of course) in blazing, Warhol-esque repetition. The whole space is super simple but works really well together. Pared down to the basics, engineering and craft are on display just as vividly as the red rows of Krystal next to the pick-up window.

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Next door, you’ll find the opposite end of the spectrum. H&F Burger serves up Atlanta’s most coveted burger over our walnut bar tops and the city’s best craft beers on coordinating drink ledges. We also collaborated with Square Feet Studio to create overhead cabinets and other small millwork details throughout the space. Cozy and pub-like, it’s a stark contrast to Hop’s sunny façade right next door, and the perfect place to duck into for a quick lunch or an intimate chat, away from the main hall’s bustle.

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We also engineered and fabricated the pillar-ringing racetrack bar that encircles Spiller Park Coffee, right across the aisle from Hopkins’ eateries. A new concept from Hugh Acheson (Empire State South) and Dale Donchey (Octane Coffee), the vibe is vintage baseball and utterly collegiate. We met the aesthetic with a milk-painted red bar set on a base of tubular steel. Like the other two spaces above, this was a job that was all about the details—difficult to fabricate, challenging to engineer, and reliant on a thousand tiny details that are visible 360-degrees around the space.  We were excited to work directly with Jamestown on this little bar-in-the-round.

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