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The 17 Most Anticipated Food Halls in the USA

Food halls continue to sweep the nation.

Courtesy of Ponce City Market

The food hall boom is in full swing. A far cry from the suburban shopping mall food courts that hit their stride in the 1970s and are now falling into decline, these multi-faceted, typically indoor markets showcasing a variety of local food vendors and artisans have long been a tradition in Europe — and they're finally hitting it big in America, with a surge of new projects that have opened in the past year and plenty more on the way.

A far cry from the suburban shopping mall food courts that hit their stride in the 1970s, these multi-faceted, typically indoor markets are finally hitting it big in America

Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich blazed the trail for the new era of American food halls back in 2010, when they opened the first stateside location of the wildly popular, high-end Italian food hall Eataly in New York City. Like its European counterparts, the American outposts of Eataly offer a convenient, stylish way to both shop and eat-in by combining a multitude of restaurants, artisan products, and communal dining spaces under one roof. Eataly is now on a major American expansion tear; following a 2013 debut in Chicago, it's got new outlets coming to Boston and LA, plus another one on the way for Manhattan's 4 World Trade Center development.

While coastal pillars New York and Los Angeles already have several food halls each (most famously, NYC's Gotham West Market and LA's revamped Grand Central Market) and more on the way, the rest of the country isn't far behind. In April, New Orleans saw the reopening of St. Roch Market, a food hall that had laid dormant for a decade; it's now home to an incredible scope of vendors, from a craft cocktail bar and a coffee roaster to a butcher, an oyster bar, and cuisines ranging from Creole to Korean. Meanwhile in Seattle, which already boasts the iconic Pike Place Market as well as the younger Melrose Market, Chophouse Row opened in May in an old auto parts shop with a microshop for farm-fresh cheese and ice cream, a juice bar, and a full-service restaurant, with a bakery and more concepts on the way.

Here now, a look at food halls to come:


Ponce City Market

Location: 675 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE, Fourth Ward  
Projected opening: Fall 2015
Vendors: 18.21 Bitters, Bellina Alimentari, Biltong Bar, Boti Walla, City Winery, Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, Dub's Fish Camp, Farm to Ladle, H&F Burger, Honeysuckle Gelato, Hop's Chicken, Jia, Lucky Lotus, Marrakesh, the Mercury, Minero, Simply Seoul Kitchen, Spiller Park Coffee, El Super Pan, Ton Ton, unnamed Jonathan Waxman concept

Atlanta's landmark Sears, Roebuck & Company building has been totally renovated to include retail space, offices, residences, and the highly anticipated Central Food Hall. The lineup of tenants is staggering in its scope: Atlanta's beloved Holeman & Finch will be represented with both a burger place and a bakery; chef Linton Hopkins is hopping on the fried chicken bandwagon with Hop's Chicken; Hugh Acheson will contribute Spiller Park Coffee, a kiosk that will also serve avocado toast (natch) and doughnuts; Charleston chef Sean Brock is working on a second location of his Mexican-influenced restaurant Minero; Bacchanalia's Anne Quatrano will open a casual fish shack called Dub's Fish Camp; Hector Santiago is resurrecting his El Super Pan concept, which will serve Latin sandwiches; and NYC super chef Jonathan Waxman recently announced he's working on a concept there, too. There's also City Winery, a massive wine bar/music venue; a Sichuan restaurant named Jia; the Mercury, which will feature "mid-century American" cocktails and cuisine; plus an Italian restaurant, Indian street food, a ramen shop, a South African-inspired bar, a gelateria, and more. Whew. Residents and office tenants have already moved in and Dancing Goats Coffee Bar has been open since the spring. Jia hopes to be the first restaurant to open — possibly before the end of August — with the rest to follow in the fall and winter.

Image credit: Ponce City Market

Already in town: Krog Street Market, Star Provisions



Location: Prudential Center, Back Bay
Projected opening: Late 2016

Mario Batali and team
recently opened their first Boston restaurant, Babbo, and now they're planning an epic three-story, 45,000-square-foot Eataly outpost for the Prudential Center. Per Eater Boston, the building's previously modest food court shuttered to make way for the gigantic project, which — in addition to the usual wonderland of Italian imports and wine — will also include a rooftop restaurant, a microbrewery, and a cooking school.

Image credit: Eataly NYC/Facebook


Mercantile and Mash

Location: 701 E. Bay Street, Downtown
Projected opening: Fall 2015

A 130-year-old building that previously served as a cigar factory is being transformed into a multifaceted concept that includes Charleston's first food hall, overseen by chef Trey Dutton (formerly of the Inn at Palmetto Bluff). Restaurant group Indigo Road is behind the project, which also incorporates offices (including Garden & Gun's headquarters) and retail. The focal point of the project is the dual-pronged concept Mercantile and Mash; Mercantile is a 7,500-square-foot "gourmet foods emporium" with an ambitious menu of grab-and-go items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, from egg sandwiches and grits to banh mi with chicken liver mousse, plus a coffee bar, pastries, meats, bread, and charcuterie. Then there's Mash, a bar with an indoor bocce ball court, vintage arcade games, a whiskey-heavy drink menu, and upscale bar food like foie-stuffed french toast and fried cauliflower. The second floor will hold a private event space called the Cedar Room — it's already begun hosting pop-ups.

Image credit: ECHS/Mercantile and Mash



Location: 108 N. State Street, The Loop
Projected opening: October 2015

Chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and
Top Chef Masters alum Richard Sandoval is bringing a Latin-focused food hall to the Block 37 mixed-use development, which occupies an entire city block within Chicago's downtown Loop. Sandoval has described the project as "similar to Eataly," but with Latin food. Expect 12 different eateries, a tapas restaurant, coffee and wine bars, and fresh produce, plus a lounge, an event space, and a culinary center offering cooking classes.

Image credit: Latinicity/Facebook

The Marketplace at the National

Location: 125 S. Clark Street, Central Loop
Projected Opening: Unknown
Vendors: To be announced

A historic 1907 bank building on Clark Street is being transformed into "chic industrial" office spaces, and the ground floor of the 20-story structure will be occupied by the Marketplace. Expect 10 food stalls featuring fast-casual concepts by "many of Chicago's most respected chefs and restaurant groups," plus an "artisanal coffee lounge" and a vinyl record store. No specific concepts have been confirmed yet, but Michelin-starred Chicago chef Jared Wentworth (Longman & Eagle) has officially signed on. The project has recently hit some construction delays and the current opening date is unknown, but
stay tuned to Eater Chicago for updates.

Image credit: Courtesy of the National

Already in town: Chicago French Market, Eataly


Detroit ShipYard

Location: Midtown
Projected Opening: 2016
Vendors: To be announced

The latest city with food hall-shaped stars in its eyes is Detroit. Plans were revealed
earlier this month for a 10,000-square-foot project that will include five restaurants, two bars, and retail and art gallery space, all constructed from shipping containers. A location hasn't yet been closed on, but once the property is acquired, construction is expected to take between six and eight months. The company is currently on the hunt for restaurant concepts "that offer good food, variety, simple menus, and mid-range affordable food (between $8 and $14) with a local following" to populate the ShipYard.

Image credit: Detroit ShipYard


The Market Hall

Location: 3875 Ponte Avenue #410, Addison
Projected opening: Fall 2015

One of four Market Halls that will eventually dot the U.S. (the first opened in Seattle back in February), the Dallas outpost is located in billion-dollar mixed use development Vitruvian Park in the restaurant-heavy North Dallas suburb of Addison. The concept from LA restaurateur Tony Riviera unites a restaurant and a fresh market together under one roof. Expect produce, meat, poultry, seafood, and charcuterie, plus beer and wine and prepared foods for takeout. A casual restaurant component called MH Cafe opened last summer; the food hall hit some construction delays, but Riviera estimates it will open in eight to 10 weeks.

Image credit: Courtesy of the Market Hall

Los Angeles


Location: 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Century City
Projected Opening: Mid-2017

Rumors swirled for years suggesting LA would get its very own Eataly, and the giant Italian food emporium is
finally slated to land in 2017 as part of a major expansion project at the outdoor Westfield Century City mall. The 60,000-square-foot Italian food bonanza will span three floors, incorporating a rooftop restaurant, a microbrewery, and a cooking school, in addition to the slew of imported foods, wine, charcuterie, and mini-eateries that Eataly has become known for. (No word yet on whether or not Los Angelenos can expect their own Nutella bar, though.)

Image credit: Courtesy of Westfield

Already in town: 4th Street Market, Grand Central Market, The OC Mix, Original Farmers Market, The Packing House, Stir Market

New York City

UrbanSpace Vanderbilt

Location: 230 Park Avenue, Midtown Manhattan 
Projected Opening: September 2015
Vendors: A.B. Biagi, Amali, Bangkok Bar, Delaney Chicken, Dough, Hong Kong Street Cart, Maiden Lane, Mayhem & Stout, Mimi's Hummus, Ovenly, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Sigmund's Pretzels, Takumi Taco, Toby's Estate Coffee

Yet another food hall for the Grand Central area, this one will occupy 12,000 square feet of the landmark Helmsley Building. Per Eater NY, it'll include "20 vendors, a whole lot of communal seating, and a mezzanine area," with confirmed tenants including the
much-talked-about Delaney Chicken from BrisketTown's Daniel Delaney; also on board is Ditmas Park hummus specialist Mimi's, A.B. Biagi gelato, Mexican-Japanese fusion Takumi Taco, lobster roll purveyor Red Hook Lobster Pound, and more. It's been rumored that one still-unidentified stall could be beloved Brooklyn restaurant Roberta's, but that has yet to be confirmed. And to keep things fresh, "there will also be several rotating booths, which will host local chefs and out-of-towners for shorter stints," says Eater NY.

Image credit: Devra Ferst/ENY

Bourdain Market

Location: Pier 57, Manhattan
Projected Opening: Early 2016
Vendors: To be announced

America's favorite culinary explorer will soon grace New York with a massive food hall showcasing international street food. The latest intel from Eater NY on this highly anticipated project says there's plans for "a farmers market, an oyster bar, a rooftop beer garden, a tapas bar, and a bakery, as well as an international array of Singaporean hawker-style food stalls." Previous rumors put the project at 3 World Trade Center, but earlier this summer Commercial Observer reported that Bourdain was in negotiations for 100,000 square feet on Pier 57 — aka the SuperPier — where Google's already signed on the dotted line for office space. The $200 million SuperPier project, which will also include high-end boutiques and a climbing gym, is being heralded as the biggest development since Rockefeller Center.

Image credit: Parts Unknown/Facebook

Nordic Food Hall at Grand Central

Location: 89 E. 42nd Street, Midtown Manhattan
Projected Opening: Early 2016
Outlets: Five food pavilions, cocktail bar, fine-dining restaurant

Noma co-founder Claus Meyer is bringing a food hall and an accompanying restaurant to Grand Central Station's Vanderbilt Hall early next year. The concept is still unnamed for now, but project manager Dahlia Runco has promised that "both will be Nordic-inspired, without pushing the Nordic agenda too much." All food pavilions and a bar will be operated by Meyer's team, rather than bringing in outside vendors; expect coffee, fresh-pressed juice, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and a cocktail bar. According to a PR rep, there will also be a fine-dining restaurant with "a menu steeped in the New Nordic cuisine philosophy."

Image credit: Rasmus Shou/Eater

World Trade Center

Location: World Trade Center, Lower Manhattan
Projected Opening: First half of 2016
Vendors: Beer Table, Devon & Blakely, Eataly, Epicerie Boulud, Fika, Joe, Jones the Grocer, K. Minamoto, La Colombe, Lore Wine & Spirits, Nunu Chocolates, Pret a Manger, Treat House, Wasabi Sushi and Bento

The World Trade Center development will be a veritable mecca for the food-obsessed, with a whopping 120,000 square feet devoted to food and drink,
says the NY Post. A second Manhattan location of the Italian food emporium Eataly is slated to occupy the entire third floor of 4 World Trade Center, and it's not the only market that's signed on; two floors below that will be the even larger Australian high-end market Jones the Grocer. Also on board for the WTC complex: a third location of Daniel Boulud's grab-and-go uptown market Epicerie Boulud, Swedish cafe Fika, Nunu Chocolates, sandwich shop Devon & Blakely, Philly coffee roaster La Colombe, Japanese sweet shop K. Minamoto, coffee shop Joe, chain lunch spot Pret a Manger, craft beer shop Beer Table, and Rice Krispies treat bakery Treat House. Outlets are slated to begin opening in the first half of 2016.

Image credit: 4 World Trade Center

Dekalb Market Hall

Dekalb Market rendering City Point

Location: Flatbush Avenue and Willoughby Street, Downtown Brooklyn
Projected Opening: Spring 2016
Vendors: Arepa Lady, Cuzin's Duzin, Eight Turn Crepe, Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue, Forcella Pizza, Pain d'Avignon, Pierogi Bar, Ample Hills Creamery

Mixed-use development City Point is planning a gigantic, 26,000-square-foot basement-level food hall that will house "anywhere between 35 and 55 food vendors,"
reports Eater NY. (It's rising from the ashes of the former Dekalb Market, an outdoor shipping container market that was pushed out to make way for the new development.) In addition to the confirmed vendors listed above, there may even be an outpost of the legendary Katz's Deli serving as an anchor, though it's not yet confirmed. A developer tells Commercial Observer that the market will be "less fancy than Hudson Eats and more like Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles." Beyond the food hall, City Point will also include two full-service restaurants, a grocer, and an outpost of Austin-based cinema Alamo Drafthouse.

Image credit: Courtesy of City Point

Already in town: Berg'n, Chelsea Market, City Kitchen, Eataly, Gansevoort Market, Gotham West Market, Hudson Eats, Le District, The Plaza Food Hall

Portland, OR

Pine Street Market

Location: 126 SW Second Avenue, Old Town
Projected Opening: Late fall 2015
Vendors: Barista, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Olympia Provisions, bakery from Ken Forkish

Old Town's historic Baggage and Carriage building is getting an extreme makeover thanks to developers Rob Brewster, Dave Davies, and Jean Pierre Veillet, with Feast Portland co-founder Mike Thelin acting as "culinary curator." The 9,500-square-foot project will house several food and beverage vendors with shared communal seating and a focus on affordability and approachability. Confirmed tenants include craft brewer Hopworks Urban Brewery; charcuterie specialist Olympia Provisions; local craft coffee mini-chain Barista; and a bread and pastry shop from artisan baker Ken Forkish. The latest intel from Eater PDX says additional tenants will likely include "a pair of local Asian food concepts, as well as a popular dessert spot and a seafood joint run by a nationally known chef."

Image credit: Pine Street Market

James Beard Public Market

Location: SW Naito Parkway at Morrison Bridge, Downtown
Projected Opening: Spring 2018
Vendors: To be announced

In the making for over a decade now, plans for the long-awaited James Beard Public Market are finally taking shape; renderings from Norwegian design firm Snøhetta — which helped design the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in NYC — were released earlier this summer. Named in honor of the Oregon-born culinary icon,
Eater PDX describes it as a "year-round, indoor-outdoor, waterfront-adjacent stage for Portland's finest local food and drink." It will include "stalls for at least 90 vendors, plus teaching kitchens, event space, and full-service restaurants." Says Eater PDX: "The market, which will flank the Morrison bridge like two wings, will no doubt be a new iconic landmark downtown: guest seating will spill out onto the sidewalk when the sun is out, market stalls will line a pathway to the outdoor market arena. Inside there are soaring, exposed-steel-supported natural wood ceilings. There will even be rooftop terrace access, complete with views of the Willamette River and Mt. Hood in the distance."

Image credit: Snøhetta

Already in town: Portland Mercado

San Diego

Liberty Public Market

Location: 2816 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma
Projected Opening: October 2015
Vendors: Cane Patch Pies, Cecilia's Taqueria, Fully Loaded Juice, Liberty Meat Shop, Mastiff Sausage Company, MooTime Creamery, Pho Realz, The WestBean Coffee Roasters, Wicked Maine Lobster, Venissimo Cheese

Mixed-use development Liberty Station is getting a massive 22,000-square-foot food hall this fall thanks to local restaurateur David Spatafore of Blue Bridge Hospitality. Located right next to the giant gastropub/brewery complex Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Eater San Diego reports the market "will ultimately have between 24 and 30 vendor stalls spanning a broad range of businesses" that will "tilt heavily towards grocery shopping, with some prepared food sprinkled in" and quick-service counters for dining. The first 10 vendors were announced in July and include a local specialty coffee roaster, an artisan cheese shop, a "1950s-inspired ice cream parlor," a spot specializing in lobster rolls, a butcher shop, a locally-sourced taqueria, and the first brick-and-mortar outpost for food truck Mastiff Sausage Company.

Image credit: Courtesy of Liberty Public Market

Already in town: Bottega Americano


The Hall at 400 Fairview

Location: 400 Fairview Avenue N, South Lake Union
Projected opening: Fall 2015
Vendors: Meat & Bread, Caffe Ladro, Juicy Cafe, more TBA

Food halls are red-hot in Seattle: Fresh on the heels of Chophouse Row's summer debut comes news of the Hall at 400 Fairview, a South Lake Union office tower that will also be home to offices for companies like Tommy Bahama. Eater Seattle says to "expect high, open ceilings in the new small-scale shops, which [developer] Skanska says are designed to capture the spirit and energy of an open-air market." Confirmed tenants include a second Seattle location for Vancouver-based sandwich shop Meat & Bread, local coffee shop chain and roastery Caffe Ladro, and juice and smoothie spot Juicy Cafe. Stay tuned for more restaurant tenants; there will also be beer and wine shops and a flower shop.

Image credit: Courtesy of Skanska

Already in town: Pike Place MarketThe Market HallChophouse RowMelrose Market