Uptown Atlanta Announces New International, Chef-Driven Restaurants

Traditional Korean baked goods and Caribbean brunch cuisine are coming to Uptown Atlanta, the 47-acre mixed-use destination anchored by the Lindbergh MARTA Station and as part of its transformative redevelopment effort, Rubenstein Partners, L.P. (together with its affiliates, “Rubenstein”) today announced that White Windmill and J’ouvert Caribbean Kitchen will join the culinary lineup at Uptown this year. 

This fall, White Windmill, a popular Korean bakery and coffee shop, will open its fifth Metro-Atlanta location at Uptown. Founded in South Korea in the 1970s, White Windmill will occupy a 2,200-square-foot space along Main Street and introduce a new elevated in-shop experience. The menu will feature coffee and tea, a variety of their best-selling handmade cakes and traditional Korean baked goods such as red bean bread, roll cakes and lightly sweetened garlic bread. The community can expect to experience many of its favorite dishes from their other locations, including Bungeoppang, a hot fish-shaped pastry filled with sweetened red bean paste or custard. 

“Uptown is shaping up to become a vibrant, culinary melting pot with exciting new restaurant concepts from Atlanta’s very best,” says George Banks, founder of Revel, Rubenstein’s retail partner at Uptown. “White Windmill and  J’ouvert Caribbean Kitchen will be excellent additions to Uptown, and bring us one step closer to giving the community an incredible collection of international restaurants along Main Street.”  

Tasha Cyril, co-owner of Belle & Lily’s Caribbean Brunch House, APT. 4B and Ms. Icey’s Kitchen and Bar in Atlanta will debut her newest concept at Uptown: J’ouvert Caribbean Kitchen.  “J’ouvert” is a traditional festival that kicks off the start of Carnival parades and the French Creole phrase for “start of the day.” The restaurant’s name pays homage to its Caribbean roots, serving a fusion of authentic Caribbean street food and classic brunch items. The menu will feature jerk wings and chicken, pina colada french toast, curry mushroom roti, passion fruit pancakes and Trinidadian doubles. Opening in a 2,500-square-foot space along Main Street, the community can expect an authentic cultural experience with specialty brunch cocktails and live music on weekends.  

Last year, Rubenstein announced El Gordo and Bene Korean as the first new dining concepts for Uptown. El Gordo will combine the authenticity of a classic taqueria with a modern, lively setting and serve a variety of traditional street tacos, unique tequila cocktails and more. Bene Korean Steakhouse will be an authentic, upscale Korean barbeque dining experience serving a variety of Korean spirits and premium meats, such as Wagyu and filet mignon, using traditional Korean recipes.

Additionally, Rubenstein recently announced that MARTA has signed a 130,000-square-foot lease at Uptown and will relocate up to 540 employees, including those in its capital programs group and customer experience department, among others, to the new space at Uptown. This announcement comes as Rubenstein nears the completion of its redevelopment of Uptown into a hyper-accessible community hub. 

Once completed, Uptown will encompass nearly 1 million square feet of office space, 120,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and a variety of community gathering spaces, all with connectivity to the city’s major pedestrian trails, such as the forthcoming Atlanta BeltLine and the South Fork Trail.

For the latest news, project updates and events schedule, follow Uptown on Facebook and Instagram at @uptownatlanta, or visit https://uptownatlanta.com.

About Uptown

Uptown is a hyper-accessible, 47-acre mixed-use community that brings the best of Atlanta together. As the largest mixed-use development in Atlanta to connect directly with MARTA and the city’s major pedestrian trails, such as the forthcoming Atlanta BeltLine and the South Fork Trail, Uptown combines 110,000 square feet of street-level retail, greenspace and art and one million square feet of Class A office space. Uptown is being redeveloped by private real estate investment management and advisory firm Rubenstein Partners, LP (Rubenstein). Redevelopment plans include upgrading building facades, streetscapes and greenspaces; activating the property with local retail, artist galleries, restaurants and events; and attracting office tenants who value working in a vibrant mixed-use environment. Atlanta has a Downtown, a Midtown, a Buckhead, and now, finally, an Uptown. To learn more about Uptown, visit uptownatlanta.com and follow @UptownAtlanta on Facebook and Instagram.  

About Rubenstein Partners

Rubenstein Partners, founded in September 2005, is a private real estate investment advisory firm with operations throughout the United States.  The firm is led by its founder, David Rubenstein, and a group of senior real estate executives, and is focused on directing and managing office real estate investments in the U.S.  Rubenstein Partners’ predecessor company, The Rubenstein Company, LP and affiliates, founded in 1969, was one of the largest private owner operators of Class A office real estate in the Mid-Atlantic, owning and operating a portfolio of assets valued at approximately $1.2 billion at the time of its disposition in 2004.  Since 2005, Rubenstein Partners has, on behalf of its investors and clients, invested in more than 22 million square feet of office real estate assets throughout the United States.  For more information, visit www.rubensteinpartners.com. 

About Monarch Alternative Capital LP

Monarch Alternative Capital LP is a global investment firm founded in 2002 with approximately $5 billion in assets under management.  Monarch focuses primarily on opportunistic credit and distressed situations across corporate debt, real estate, special situations, and other pockets of dislocation across various asset classes and industries.  Monarch has invested over $40 billion in its strategy while maintaining a consistent and repeatable approach.  While disciplined in approach, Monarch’s dynamic sourcing enables the firm to capitalize on overlooked and niche areas on a global basis.  Monarch draws on the skills and experience of 69 employees, including 23 investment professionals, across its offices in New York and London. Monarch has a long and successful history of investing in opportunistic real estate focused on areas that leverage Monarch’s core tenets.  In addition to significant internal resources, Monarch has substantial relationships with operating partners and advisors that it works with to help create value.