Food Hall Set To Open – Delray City Market
It’s the age of the food hall, and the latest is moving into Delray Beach.
Delray City Market is scheduled to open in fall 2019 on Southeast Third Avenue just south of the city’s busy Atlantic Avenue strip—and it won’t be small. At 30,000-square feet, it will be the base of a four-story building and feature roughly 30 vendor spaces.
Menin Development is expecting to break ground this fall.
“Delray City Market will also be home to highly curated up and coming chefs and food operators who may not have the finances to open their own restaurants in Delray Beach the opportunity to be on display and to serve their signature food to an audience of locals, South Floridians, as well as the millions of visitors who come to Palm Beach County each year,” CEO Craig Menin said in a press release.
In the last year, South Florida has fallen in love with the food hall scene—in Miami, food halls such as La Centrale, 1-800-LUCKY, St. Roch and The Wharf opened to much acclaim with the public clamoring for a space where they can try different foods, explore markets, and bring home new culinary favorites. In February, Palm Beach County was graced with its first food hall with the opening of Grandview Public Market in West Palm Beach.
A massive 30,000-square-foot food hall is taking shape near Delray Beach’s bustling Atlantic Avenue main drag.
Dubbed Delray City Market, the upscale foodie village from real estate developer Craig Menin and longtime South Florida restaurateur Dennis Max will fill the ground floor of a 120,000-square-foot building at 33 SE Third St., about half a block south of Atlantic.
Menin Development expects to break ground this year in time for a summer 2019 opening, partner Marc Yavinsky says. Max, the veteran behind Pompano Beach’s Café Maxx, Delray Beach’s Max’s Harvest and the 7-month-old Prezzo in Boca Raton, will help handle the market’s food and beverage offerings.
Describing the food hall’s interior as “sensory overload,” Yavinsky says Delray City Market will have 30 vendors, 25-foot-high ceilings, live music and art. The four-story building will also include a 3,000-square-foot rooftop garden and a three-level indoor garage with 200 parking spaces, he says.
“We believe that people want a big experience, and we’re all in on the food hall concept,” says Yavinsky. “It’s one of the hottest trends in the country.”
Yavinsky says Max and Menin Development modeled Delray City Market after high-traffic food halls around the country – think Manhattan’s Chelsea Market and San Diego’s Liberty Public Market – as opposed to the series of small and mid-size food halls sprouting up in Miami.
No vendors have signed on yet, although he expects the ground-floor food stalls (about 400 square feet each) will be occupied by “predominantly local” chefs, Yavinsky says. He says Menin and Max are in talks with possible vendors, but declined to name any in a Friday interview.
“We’re not going to have any chain [restaurants] in the food hall,” he says. “They will all be authentic, unique food purveyors.”
Menin Development spent $4.6 million to acquire the property off Atlantic Avenue, originally planned to be the upscale Metropolitan condo project, Yavinsky says.
The arrival of Delray City Market seems to herald a northern push for food halls, after the recent Miami-Dade County debuts this year of La Centrale and Casa Tua Cucina in Brickell, Jackson Food Hall in Miami, 1-800-Lucky in Wynwood and St. Roch Market in the Design District. Plans also are underway for a food hall and brewery on Fort Lauderdale’s Sistrunk Boulevard, and for a pop-up food hall this July in Boynton Beach. Grandview Public Market, a 12-vendor food hall in West Palm Beach, opened in February.
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