Where to Eat and Shop at Atlanta’s Amazing Ponce City Market

first_img Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Atlanta’s Ponce City Market is a shining example of urban renewal. With a mere 2 million square feet to renovate, this once vacant mass is humming again with quality restaurants, local and national anchors, as well as slick urban living spaces.For someone like me who grew up in Atlanta, seeing the formerly derelict Sears, Roebuck & Co. building restored to glory is a source of pride. Both of my parents used to get dressed to the nines to shop there in the 50s and it is even the location several years later where my father was dropped off to enlist in the Vietnam War.In my time, it was briefly a satellite office of City Hall, but mostly it was just a huge amazing eyesore of the past with shattered windows, trash-strewn steps, and one very lonely flagpole.Image Courtesy of Theodore Lee/FlickrBuilt in 1926, the vast restored space has no lack of places to go and things to do. You can spend the day perusing the many retail stores, walking the Belt Line, or just hitting up the variety of bars and restaurants. Check out their events page for book signings, pop-up shops and other seasonal events.While there is a lot to take in, here are our top picks:MenswearWhile the main floor has a great selection of big name brands, head upstairs for the more in-the-know local finds.Citizen Supply – While this is more of a market place than a menswear store, there is plenty in here we love from the ATL sweatshirt made with Billiam Jeans to the Edison Bikes and the super sturdy Utility Bag by KMM & Co.Citizen Supply at Ponce City MarketCobbler Union – Looking for sharp looking shoes that don’t cost a fortune? Cobblers Union shoes and boots are all hand crafted in Europe and are direct to the consumer so those fine looking Oxfords are only $395 and not $900 +.Elk Head Clothing – Founded by designer Garret Hilgendorf, the brand is focusing on modern silhouettes with high quality fabrics. Their twill shirts, selvedge denim, and leather accessories aren’t loud, but will stand out from the crowd.The Food HallThink of Pike Place in Seattle and Chelsea Market in New York City; this is not your mall food court.Biltong Bar – This cool new joint features organic, all-natural South African beef jerky, otherwise known as biltong, as well as sandwiches and other South African delicacies (like Frikkadel). There is also a damn good craft cocktail list, local brews and a full wine list.H&F Burger – This burger is a direct descendant of the original that debuted at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair and was a cult favorite at Holeman & Finch Public House in Buckhead. Their fries, shakes and floats all call for elastic waistbands.Hop’s Chicken at Ponce City MarketHops Chicken – People may sing the praises of Chic-fil-A, but it is still fast food and who knows where those chickens are raised. Over at Hops they use all natural Georgia chickens and their chicken sandwich and chicken biscuits are pretty damn hard to beat.The Mercury – Located above the food hall, this full service restaurant harks back to the Mad Men days of heavy cocktails and classic American fare, from a classic wedge to a 16 ounce Prime NY Strip. Julian Goglia handles the bar and it is constantly voted best bar in town.last_img read more

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NHS chief pushed out after exposing a sex ring involving consultants and

The NHS’s longest serving chief executive has been “pushed out” of his job after he suspended senior consultants who used hospital premises to have sex, according to hospital insiders.Sir Leonard Fenwick, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital Trust’s chief executive, was put on “extended leave” from the hospital under mysterious circumstances earlier this year, a decision which angered a number of staff and governors.Sir Leonard, 69, who has been at the helm of hospitals in the North East for 40 years, had exposed a ‘sex ring’ involving consultants who would meet female staff for liaisons – including on hospital premises – prior to being put on leave.A hospital worker told the Telegraph they were “appalled” that the married consultants who “shared” female staff between them and would use code words such as “marmite” and “cappuccino” for sex had not been “disciplined correctly”.The staff member said one trauma and orthopaedic consultant would meet a female colleague at the Signature Sandman Hotel, near the hospital, for sex during working hours. “They also visited each other in clinical rooms groping and openly flirting in a patient environment,” they alleged.An investigation uncovered hundreds of emails from the consultants to three female secretarial and clerical members of staff containing details about the trysts.According to the source, the ring sent “hundreds” of “indecent” emails and text messages “when they were paid to be working”. They referred to one of the women as ‘the Madam’ who they allegedly met when they worked at another hospital.  Concerns have also been raised that the group took photographs of their activity.Sir Leonard had moved to suspend the two consultants, but the Trust’s chair, Kingsley Smith, and a non-executive director, Bryan Dodson, decided the pair could keep their jobs following a 20-minute disciplinary hearing, according to a source in the hospital.“It sickens me to think that the consultants involved were reinstated with no action taken,” they said. The consultants have since resigned from their posts at the hospital, following pressure from other staff who said they felt uncomfortable working with them.Another source said: “All the other staff were thoroughly disgusted. It was Mr Smith who allowed them back. The CEO was not actually party to the discussion. He was pushed out on gardening leave a few months later. Sir Leonard Fenwick Sir Leonard Fenwick Mr Briggs said there were still outstanding questions over “the reasons why the CEO was suspended,” and that a letter he sent to the Trust secretary demanding to know why Sir Leonard had been removed had been returned without being circulated.Mr Briggs said he suspected Sir Leonard’s departure may partly have been due to “a difference of opinion on the future of the hospital’s running” with the Trust’s chair Mr Smith.But he added: “That’s not the way of doing it – this decision damages the reputation of the Trust”.A spokeswoman for the Trust said they “strongly refute” allegations that pressure was placed on staff or governors to remain silent.”The trust has been clear with staff and governors that Sir Leonard Fenwick is on a period of extended leave,” she said.”We have a duty to protect the confidentiality of all of our staff, and for that reasons we would not comment on his leave.”Staff are also concerned about the future of the Trust, with Sir Leonard is no longer at the helm and Jim Mackey, CEO of another NHS hospital, tipped as a possible replacement for Sir Leonard.Other arrangements at the hospital have been called into question, such as the position of the Trust’s chair, Mr Smith, who reached the nine-year limit for the role last September. Paul Briggs “The hospital has been Sir Leonard’s heart and life’s work and now he has been ousted. As far as I’m concerned it’s a cover up”.The source told the Telegraph that the Trust’s governors had been forbidden from speaking about the issue and have been unable to contact Sir Leonard since his departure in January.”No one is allowed to speak to [Sir Len] and no one will talk. The board of governors have a duty to the public to tell us what’s going on. But there’s been very clearly some sort of silencing and it’s very clear they’re not being told”.Nick Brown, a Newcastle MP, has also called on the hospital to give a “reasonable explanation” as to why Sir Leonard is on extended leave. Paul BriggsCredit:Scott Heppell  Paul Briggs, a former governor and Trust member, told the Telegraph: “I have spoken to governors and they have been gagged” on the issue of Sir Len’s departure. “One has to ask what happened to the process for finding his replacement which commenced in January 1st 2016 and then mysteriously petered out?” said Mr Briggs.Newcastle upon Tyne Trust confirmed that Mr Smith had reached the end of his term of office and had advertised on two occasions to seek a suitable replacement.This had led to Mr Smith’s term being extended for a number of months. However, Ray Venus said he was “sacked” from his post as an appointed governor, after he put forward a motion that Kingsley Smith’s term in office should not be extended.He said: “It looks like an orchestrated attempt to silence criticism. It’s a bit disgusting to sack you over the phone after 12 years’ service – I can’t even say bye to my colleagues.“It’s the way it’s been dealt with; the way we’ve been dealt with. They’ve held us in contempt.”Newcastle upon Tyne Trust said Mr Venus had to step down from his role because the organisation he was appointed to represent – Pentagon Partnership – ceased to exist.However, Mr Venus claimed while the organisation had disbanded four years ago, he had been permitted to continue in the role because he represented other voluntary organisations. “But it begs the question why they were looking [now],” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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