Latin American restaurant Alma Cocina reopens in downtown Atlanta after closing due to pandemic
The downtown Atlanta location of Latin American restaurant Alma Cocina reopens Saturday, April 30, after temporarily closing two years ago for the pandemic.
As workers return to offices and business travel and conventions resume at downtown Atlanta hotels, Fifth Group Restaurants partner Robby Kukler says he’s “eager” to reopen the location. Alma Cocina’s origin at 191 Peachtree Tower later this month.
“Alma Downtown closed in March 2020 due to the onset of the pandemic. Downtown traffic has been slow to return, and convention and travel business has recently started to pick up,” Kukler told Eater.
Fifth Group Restaurants also owns La Tavola, Lure, three Ecco locations, and several South City Kitchen locations in Atlanta and the surrounding metro area. A second Alma Cocina site opened in Buckhead just weeks before the global health crisis hit.
When asked how Fifth Group managed to retain expensive downtown Atlanta space during the Peachtree Tower’s long hiatus, Kukler credits the landlord’s rent relief in the early weeks of the pandemic and revenue generated by its other restaurants and catering services open and in operation throughout the ongoing health crisis.
Many Alma Cocina employees in downtown Atlanta were moved to other Fifth Tier restaurants during the shutdown, Kukler said, with some staff returning to work at the Peachtree Tower location.
Alma Cocina opened at 191 Peachtree Tower 11 years ago. Longtime Alma Cocina chef Chad Clevenger now runs Alma Cocina’s kitchen in Buckhead.
Chef Juancarlos “JC” Colon is taking over the restaurant in downtown Atlanta and plans to add a few new dishes to the menu there, including crudo with burnt nori-avocado mash and Anaheim chilies, guajillo-grilled octopus with ancho carrots, and pork belly served with charro beans and fresh tortillas.
Alma Cocina-Centre-ville reopens on April 30 for lunch and dinner.
Public transport info: Accessible via the Peachtree Center MARTA station and the #40 MARTA bus along Peachtree Street.