In Sandy Springs, a pair of shipping containers will become take-out restaurants, serving Korean fried chicken and shawarma
Known for its large mixed-use projects like Ponce City Market and the Westside Provisions District, Jamestown LP went on to tackle a regular Sandy Springs mall. Located near the intersection of Roswell Road and Hammond Drive, Shops at the edge of the park is home to a variety of small businesses, from a nail salon to a dentist, as well as notable locations Il Giallo and Sandy Springs Cinema & Taphouse. At the end of November, visitors will notice two new shipping containers in the parking lot.
Measuring 200 square feet each, these brightly colored rectangles will serve Korean fried chicken and falafel pitas, respectively, at two new take-out restaurants: Bok You ATL and SabaRaba’s. Jamestown also converts the area surrounding the restaurants into a lawn with tables and chairs where patrons can dine and relax.
Bok you ATL
Seven Chan and Ken Yu, founders of Poke Burri and Lifting noodle ramen, are launching their Korean concept focused on fried chicken, Bok You ATL, with a concise menu featuring three or four flavors of breaded bird. Customers will be able to purchase a bucket of fried chicken or order it as a sandwich or offerings with sides.
“The name is playful and fun, easy to remember,” says Chan. “It’s a little weird and doesn’t take yourself too seriously like we do.”
Bok You will have spicy and sweet options, with flavors like sriracha teriyaki, jalapeno teriyaki, and mango soy. The Chicken Sandwich merges hot chicken with traditional Korean fried chicken with a hint of sweetness to balance the spices. A rotation of free sauces, like wasabi mayonnaise, will be available.
Other menu items include Korean cornbread, cheesy corn, fries, and tater tots, as well as Melona popsicles in the summer. A “secret” menu – posted on Instagram – will feature tangentially related chicken items, such as Asian chicken and waffles, waffle cones, Korean corn dogs and “things on sticks,” Chan says. .
Everything is done on site. “We came from humble beginnings with little money or space, and we had to learn to operate that way,” he says. “Our original locations are tiny, so we were a good candidate for the shipping container.”
When it opens, Bok You will serve lunch and dinner to go, with seating in the adjacent lawn. Monthly entertainment is planned for the area, and Chan says he’s working with the city to get a liquor license.
A true Israeli falafeliya, SabaRaba’s will serve up street food style pitas, laffas and platters packed with freshly made gyroscopes, sabich (fried eggplant), shawarma, schnitzel and, of course, falafel. Created by Udi Hershkovitz, co-founder of Marrakech at the market in the city of Ponce and FuegoMundo in Sandy Springs, SabaRaba’s pays homage to Hershkovitz’s father, who died shortly before becoming a great-grandfather, saba raba in Hebrew.
“This is exactly what falafel and shawarma are designed for – you find it in almost every corner of Israel,” Hershkovitz says. “It’s usually a kiosk, not a sit-down restaurant. I call SabaRaba’s a food truck without wheels.
The menu is similar to that of Marrakech but simpler. In addition to the five proteins, there is Israeli salad, tabbouleh, and a seasonally rotated market salad. Accompaniments include hummus, babaganoush, cauliflower and seasoned fries. Customers are encouraged to add schug (Israeli hot sauce) to their food.
“The messier it is, the better,” says Hershkovitz. “These are family recipes.