HomePeople and PlacesEACA Small Business Spotlight:...

EACA Small Business Spotlight: Gaja

Invalid Displayed Gallery


By Armando Celentano
Each month, the East Atlanta Community Association (EACA) will be spotlighting a different small business in the EACA newsletter. In turn, that business will offer a discount to card carrying EACA members. This month’s focus is on Gaja, one of the most recent and exciting restaurants to open in the village. Flash your EACA card and receive a “cool kid’s discount” of 10 percent off your meal this month.
Gaja is the brainchild of brothers Tim and Danny Song, along with Chef Allen Suh. Three longtime friends brought together by a love of music and passion for food, they conspired to bring this concept to life as Chef Allen began gaining notoriety while hosting the now legendary weekly pop-up restaurant, Gato Arigato in Candler Park.
Tim describes Gaja as a “non-traditional Korean restaurant and soju bar” (not to be confused with Japanese shochu). For the uninitiated, soju is a clear distilled beverage traditionally made from rice, wheat, or corn. In 2014, it was the largest selling spirit in the world. They characterize Chef Suh’s cuisine as “playful yet authentic.” Small shareable plates called “smalls” range from $4 (anchovie & peanut brittle) to $10 (sweet potato noodles with sesame oil and bone marrow). Entree sized portions (Bigs) served with rice, vegan kimchi, and two banchan (sides) hover in the $11-$14 range. Thoughtfully paired cocktail and beer menus accent their soju selection, along with a broad selection of Korean non-alcoholic sodas and yogurt drinks. Since their opening in November 2015, they’ve become critical darlings and popular among restaurant industry insiders.
The three felt East Atlanta was the right place for them to open their first business because of their level of comfort in EAV. This is a progressive concept that would have easily fit in West Midtown or Buckhead, but their somewhat punk rock approach to traditional cuisine fits easily alongside the neighborhood’s DIY aesthetic. Building on the strong sense of community between not only neighbors, but other nearby bars and restaurants, Gaja is building a unique niche in the city’s culinary and bar scene.
Gaja is located at 491-A Flat Shoals Ave. For more information visit www.gajaeav.com, email info@gajaeav.com, or call (404) 835-2126.

Recent

AdvertisementAd: ScreenFixing, We're here because you broke something. Phone: 404-969-6FIX, 1267 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta Ga 30316, http://screenfixing.comAd for Cuong Nhu Martial Arts, Sung Ming Shu | 465 Boulevard S.E. Atlanta, GA 30312 Suite 202A | 404-525-4707 | sungmingshu@gmail.com
AdvertisementFor "Farmer Red" Brian Harrison, In loving memory on behalf of all his Ormewood Park neighbors who so appreciated his company and generosity.

More from Author

January-February 2023 Print Issue

Open the print issue in a new window

December 2022 Print Issue

Open the print issue in a new window

November 2022 Print Issue

Open the print version of the November issue.

Election Turnout

By Paul Bolster TurnoutPercentVotesPercentVotesPercentVotesPercentVotesParkside 1A68.90%Walker6.30%161Warnock92%2370Kemp9.9%253Abrams89.7%2295Ormewood 1B72.50%Walker6.70%213Warnock92%2934Kemp11%355Abrams88.3%2822Grant Park Rec 1E73.50%Walker8.70%213Warnock92%2072Kemp13%303Abrams86%2002Benteen Elem 1T46.40%Walker6.60%51Warnock92%707Kemp9%71Abrams89%685Burgess Elem...

Read Now

January-February 2023 Print Issue

Open the print issue in a new window

December 2022 Print Issue

Open the print issue in a new window

November 2022 Print Issue

Open the print version of the November issue.

Election Turnout

By Paul Bolster TurnoutPercentVotesPercentVotesPercentVotesPercentVotesParkside 1A68.90%Walker6.30%161Warnock92%2370Kemp9.9%253Abrams89.7%2295Ormewood 1B72.50%Walker6.70%213Warnock92%2934Kemp11%355Abrams88.3%2822Grant Park Rec 1E73.50%Walker8.70%213Warnock92%2072Kemp13%303Abrams86%2002Benteen Elem 1T46.40%Walker6.60%51Warnock92%707Kemp9%71Abrams89%685Burgess Elem 5E72.40%Walker4%101Warnock94%2184Kemp7.6%177Abrams91.5%2128New Iconium 5L69.40%Walker5%110Warnock94%2059Kemp5%2059Abrams90.9%2027

We’re Reimagining The Porch Press and Want Your Input

From the Volunteer Board of this Newspaper A healthy and vibrant community is one that is informed and engaged. Since our founding in 1987, The Porch Press has operated by that guiding principle in our mission to serve the nine Southeast Atlanta communities that comprise Neighborhood Planning Unit...

From On Fire to Fired Up: Carl Rowland Chairs Newly Founded GPNA Legacy Committee 

By Deedee Abbott In the early stages of Covid-19 shutdowns and chaos, James and Lillian Rowland’s home caught on fire. The Rowlands, Grant Park residents for more than fifty years, were left with a damaged house and nowhere to live during its repair. Fortunately, their son, Carl Rowland,...

What’s Happening at the East Atlanta Library?

By Shannon Sanders Photo courtesy of Friends of East Atlanta Library Board Members of Friends of East Atlanta Library hand out sweets and kids books during EAV-O_Ween 2022. (L-R) Beverly Turner, Constance Franklin, Shannon Sanders, Nancy Mullins and Lyn Hillman. The Friends of the East Atlanta Library (FEAL) supports...

Conservancy Hosts 3rd Annual Canopy Soirée 

The Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) will be hosting its third annual Canopy Soirée on Friday, March 3, 2023 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm in Savanna Hall at Zoo Atlanta.  This event is the perfect opportunity to dress up, mingle, and get together for a fun night out in Grant...

EAV Tree Lighting

On Saturday December 5, The East Atlanta Village Christmas tree was lit to celebrate the holiday season. Santa was in attendance outfitted in red and green (and white), HO! HO! HO!

CALENDAR – January/February 2023

COMMUNITY MEETINGS via ZOOM: GPNA (Grant Park Neighborhood Association) 3rd Tuesday, 7:30pm. Check www.grantpark.orgfor details. SAND (South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development) – 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:30pm, via ZOOM; check www.sandatlanta.orgfor details. EACA (East Atlanta Community Association): 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7:00pm. www.eaca.netfor details. EABA (East Atlanta Business...

EACA General Meeting

November 8, 2022 Welcome and Call To Order – 7:00pm. Public Safety and Elected Officials’ Reports Zone 6 Lt. White (See chat for email)  – Thefts still a problem for visitors leaving valuables in their cars. Please don’t leave anything of value in your car. Don’t leave your car to...

GPNA Monthly Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 Call to Order–7:30pm. President’s Introduction: Call for 2023 GPNA Officer Nominations - The nomination form has been open since the last meeting and will close at the end of tonight’s (10/18) meeting. We will vote during the November GPNA meeting for the 2023 GPNA Steering...