Another delicious addition to Ponce City Market is all set to open this summer!
The team behind Delbar, the Inman Park restaurant serving Middle Eastern cuisine, is opening a new fast casual concept called Bibi on the first floor of Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall. The Persian menu will include grab-and-go bowls with kabobs over rice, dips, salads, freshly baked pastries and sandwiches, and more!
“Bibi” translates roughly to represent a powerful, kindhearted female leader in the community. Hailing from Gorgan, Iran, owner Fares Kargar grew up in the kitchen alongside his mother, aunts and grandmother. When first developing Delbar, his family, culture, and their recipes where a driving force for his inspiration.
At 17, Kargar left Iran to seek a higher education and worked in Turkey as a refugee, broadening his understanding of Turkish cuisine and sharpening his culinary skills. He moved to the U.S. shortly after and earned a degree in hospitality from Georgia State University, all while working his way up the ranks at restaurants around the city.
“I’ve always looked to Ponce City Market for the unique and dynamic energy it brings to the neighborhood,” said Kargar. “With Bibi, we’re excited to take elements from our menu at Delbar and bring a fun Persian menu to the Central Food Hall.”
As well as delicious bits from the fast casual Persian fare, there’s will be an unmissable selection of beverages on offer too! You’ll be able to enjoy teas, fresh juices, floral waters and cocktails on draft, featuring Persian ingredients and spices, and crafted by Bibi’s and Delbar’s Beverage Director Francis Coligado.
Designed by Archie Bolden, Bibi will feature the same soft, earth-toned plaster walls, lush greenery and natural wood tones that Delbar has become known for, channeling the serene countryside of Iran where Kargar’s grandmother resides. Bright pops of color nestled within geometric shapes and playful lines will be key features of the interior design as they dance around the space, enhancing naturally dried florals and soft timber elements.
Bibi is said to open in Ponce City Market this summer. To stay up to date with all things Bibi and more information, follow them on Instagram.