Porsche Cars North America, Inc. has officially opened the doors to its new fine dining “Restaurant 356” in Atlanta, Georgia. The restaurant sits on the complex of the Company’s new $100 million Porsche Experience Center and headquarters. With panoramic views of the world-class 1.6-mile driver development track, 356 is sure to become a premier dining destination for local patrons and for visitors to Atlanta.
“Atlanta is a city known for its diverse tapestry and international cuisine,” said Andre Oosthuizen, vice president of marketing for Porsche Cars North America, Inc. “At Restaurant 356, our guests will enjoy elegant dishes that honor Atlanta’s global flavors, while culminating a unique Porsche experience.”
Located on the second level of the Porsche Experience Center, 356 offers a distinct view of aircraft taking off and landing at Runway 826 Right at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Innovative dishes are served inside a dining room featuring a contemporary décor. The seasonal menu showcases a refined world cuisine made with locally farmed and foraged ingredients. A vast wine selection pays tribute to the great winegrowing regions of the world. Classically-focused cocktails are available for those favoring tradition.
As the first automotive experience center to open in North America, The Porsche Experience Center- Atlanta is a destination where customers and enthusiasts alike can immerse themselves in the Porsche brand. The highlight of the facility is the 1.6 mile driver development track consisting of six different modules designed to simulate everyday driving conditions and provide more challenging environments to experience the thrill of driving a Porsche.
The venue is also home to Human Performance Center, Business Center, Classic Car Gallery and Restoration Center and the Porsche Exclusive – Personal Design Studio. In addition, the experience center also includes a Driving Simulator Lab, the Porsche Driver’s Selection Store, the Carrera Café and Restaurant 356 for the ultimate fine-dining experience.
At the helm of Restaurant 356’s purist approach to food is Executive Chef Kyle Forson, former executive sous chef at The Spence. Forson focuses on carefully hand-crafted dishes that let the quality of seasonal ingredients shine through.
While guests can expect to see influences from Forson’s own Polish heritage and experiences with French, Californian, and Southern fare, no single type of cuisine will dominate the menu. “I want guests to enjoy food that enhances the Porsche experience and fuses it with a sense of place,” said Chef Forson.
In addition to Restaurant 356 and the driver development track it overlooks, the Porsche Experience Center features a classic car gallery, restoration center, human performance center, and driving simulator lab. A state-of-the-art business center features 13,000 square feet of conference and event space. The complex has been specifically designed as a destination for the public, where an estimated 30,000 guests are expected to visit each year.