(AJC February 8, 2016)
JP Atlanta is the newest creation of 91-year-old John C. Portman Jr., the Atlanta architect and developer known for helping to revitalize the city’s downtown in the ’60s and ’70s, with iconic office complexes, hotels and restaurants, such as Peachtree Center, the Hyatt Regency and the Polaris.
Situated just beyond the street-level lobby of the new Hotel Indigo location in the heart of downtown, JP Atlanta is a nod to the Midnight Sun, the restaurant Portman opened in Peachtree Center some 50 years ago.
The design features familiar Portman signatures, from a 20-foot-tall skylight and a see-through floating staircase to a glass canopy billowing above the circular bar. Both the bar area and restaurant are appointed with collections of Portman’s artwork, including sculptures and large, colorful canvases in the abstract expressionist style.
Executive chef Julio Delgado, a native of Puerto Rico and a veteran of hotel and resort kitchens at the Ritz-Carlton and ChÃ¢teau Ã‰lan, was tasked with creating menus that conjure Portman’s history, while also serving the needs of Indigo guests at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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