Politan Row, the Rice Village food hall scheduled to open in November, announced on Friday another round of tenants for the launch. Keeping with the trend it established when introducing its first few concepts, the food hall seems to be cementing itself as a place for breakout chefs to take the next step toward becoming stars.
Per the announcement, Evelyn Garcia will be setting up shop at Politan Row with Thai concept Kin. Garcia, a one-time Chopped champion who has been excelling as the chef-in-residence at Decatur Bar & Pop-Up Factory, and who has spent substantial time in Southeast Asia, is planning on producing rice bowls, homemade curries, and salads with Kin.
Joining Kin will be Nice Sprout from Amanda Altman and Nais Sanchez. Altman started the plant-based-food private chef company Sprout's Kitchen in 2015, then took her skills to St. Roch Market in Miami (which is also owned by Politan Group, which runs Politan Row), where she met Sanchez. They plan to bring toasts, salads, homemade juices, and other vegan bites to Politan.
Finally, another Politan Group veteran, Rafik Abohattab, will open Torshi at Politan Row. This Mediterranean concept of street food bites (falafel, shawarma) and familiar dips like hummus took root in 2017 at St. Roch Market in New Orleans (another Politan Group site).
The three newly announced concepts brings the running total of official Politan Row vendors to seven. Also on board are Phillip Kim's popular Breaking Bao, Victoria Elizondo's Mexican-focused Cochinita & Co., and Niken and Ecky Prabanto's all-day coffeehouse and ice cream shop Susu Kopi and Boba. Bar Politan, overseen by Sophie Burton, will help anchor the food hall. Politan will have 12 total concepts when all is said and done—five food vendors are still unknown.