Atlanta Cafe 8ARM Hires Ginya Izakaya Chef Hiro Endo and Shifts Menu to Japanese Foods, Which includes Sushi, Ramen, and Yakitori

Ginya Izakaya chef Hiro Endo has been named the new executive chef of Ponce de Leon Avenue cafe 8ARM. Endo can take about for chef Maricela Vega who departs the cafe on April 17 right after virtually 3 years main the kitchen area there.

Alongside with cooks Yola Książczyk and Duy Huynh, Vega infused the menu at 8ARM with numerous pre-Hispanic dishes and elements and explored the roots of Vietnamese cooking via Huynh and Polish delicacies through Książczyk. A winner of neighborhood and sustainable foodstuff, Vega ideas to carry on her family’s corn farming legacy in Mexico and finally open up her individual tortilleria and masa store.

“Over the a long time, 8ARM has been blessed with a stunning rainbow of immensely resourceful and proficient persons, from a wide variety of backgrounds and identities,” standard supervisor Joshua Fryer suggests in a organized assertion. “There is no finer instance than our outgoing chef Maricela Vega.”

Endo will be joined in the kitchen by chef de delicacies Allen Suh. Suh, greatest recognised for his well known ramen and Japanese seafood pop-ups Gato Arigato and Ronen Knife, took about possession of longtime Buford Freeway Korean restaurant Donquixote in 2019. Due to insurmountable fiscal issues introduced on by the pandemic, Suh finished up closing the cafe very last spring.

With Endo and Suh, the menu now shifts to far more Japanese-centered dishes, which includes sushi, ramen, and traditional izakaya fare, and some unique dishes from Suh. Endo will pull double obligation, major the kitchens at both 8ARM and the Berkeley Park restaurant. 8ARM house owners chef Nhan Le and Skip Engelbrecht are also transforming the restaurant’s out of doors kitchen Sidepiece into a late-evening kushiyaki/yakitori meals stand. To pair with Endo’s foods and the new menu at Sidepiece, Fryer is including organic junmai sake picks to the cocktail and organic wine lists.

Chicomecoatl pop-up founder and 8ARM chef Maricela Vega

Chef Maricela Vega
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8ARM will close on April 18 for somewhere around two weeks for staff members coaching and a slight renovation. This contains shifting the standing rails in entrance of the cafe to the sidewalk along Ponce to much better body the outside patio in the parking great deal. 8ARM returns to full capacity in the dining place when it reopens in early May perhaps, with masks expected for both equally team and patrons.

The pandemic saw 8ARM launch a CSA plan supporting little, regional farms, include a bottle store in the wine bar, and debut its out of doors kitchen and bar with a separate food menu.

“Anyone acquainted with Nhan Le and Skip Engelbrecht, and 8ARM as a total, is properly mindful of our tenacity and want to frequently evolve and reinvent ourselves,” states Fryer. “Like an octopus, we change our colors and adapt to challenges and thrills. Although our present-day chef may well be leaving, and the old Paris on Ponce building may well be for sale, 8ARM is in this article to keep.”

Update, April 15, 8 a.m.: This story has been up-to-date to replicate the addition of chef Allen Suh in the kitchen area.