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One Day Boston Will Have a Food Hall on Every Corner

Here’s a rundown on all the Boston-area food halls set to open over the next several years

A rendering of the interior of High Street Place, a forthcoming downtown Boston food hall
High Street Place rendering
High Street Place/Official Site

Note: This story was originally published on August 17, 2018, and while the language of the introduction remains unchanged, the rest of the story is updated periodically as new details emerge on the many food halls in the works in and beyond Boston. Refer to the details at the bottom of the article to see what was updated and when. The most recent update occurred on November 6, 2019.


“Food halls are the new food truck,” writes our sister site Eater.com, providing some stats on the growth of the food hall industry and diving deep into the inner workings of a food hall: leases vs. licenses, the calculation of rent, non-competes, buildout costs, and more.

Indeed, in Boston, it’s been several years since the era of a new food truck popping up seemingly every week — and in fact some of the bigger players have taken their trucks off the road in the last year or so, such as Clover and Mei Mei, focusing on brick-and-mortar locations and other endeavors. Instead, it’s forthcoming food halls making the news each week, and 2019 seems poised to be the Year of the Food Hall.

First, a definition: Isn’t a “food hall” just a fancy name for a “food court”? Depends whom you ask. As the New York Times put it last year, the food hall is “the food court’s up-and-coming sibling,” featuring “local artisan restaurants, butcher shops and other food-oriented boutiques under one roof” — rather than the fast-food chains commonly found in a more traditional food court. And as Slate explains it, “One is the most discredited concept in 20th-century dining, while the other is the hottest new idea of the 21st.” Pleather and plastic? That’s probably a food court, per Slate. “A drafty and austere moniker for an age of raw interior design,” though? That’s a food hall.

Whether the definitions are actually distinct or a mere product of marketing, when you put a number of quick-service restaurants under one roof and call it a “food hall,” diners — including those who would avoid a mall food court at all costs — will probably flock to it. And Boston diners are getting excited for more to open.

Read on for the rundown on Boston’s forthcoming food halls. (Want a quick glance at Eater Boston’s food hall-related headlines in 2019 and beyond? Find that growing archive here, a storystream that you can add to your favorite feed reader.)


Forthcoming Food Halls

Listed in the probable order that they will open

Boston Public Market at Logan

A rendered image shows stalls of a food hall-style space with high-top dining tables
A rendering of Boston Public Market at Logan
Boston Public Market [Official Rendering]

Location: Terminal C at Logan Airport

Estimated opening: Late fall 2019

Current status: Almost ready

The players: Boston Public Market, HMSHost, MarketPlace Logan

The vendors: Several vendors from the original Boston Public Market location in downtown Boston will also operate at the Logan offshoot, and there will be a few new options as well:

  • Beantown Pastrami (from the original): pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, pastrami burgers, and sides
  • Inna’s Kitchen (from the original): shakshuka, chicken shawarma, falafel, and more
  • Mother Juice (from the original): juices, smoothies, and other vegan snacks
  • Noodle Lab (from the original): ramen, rice bowls, gyoza, and more
  • Red’s Best (from the original): lobster rolls, fish sandwiches, and seafood-focused salads
  • Market Bagels: bagels, spreads, and bagel sandwiches
  • Market Bar: full-service bar highlighting New England booze
  • BPM Fresh Eats: salad bar with local produce
  • BPM on the Fly: grab-and-go snacks, gifts, and more from BPM vendors

The details: The market will span 6,000 square feet and mimic the original location with stall-style units for each vendor, as well as a central seating area.

High Street Place

A rendering of a future Boston food hall, High Street Place, shows several different dining areas and a sign that reads “Cocktail”
Rendering of High Street Place
High Street Place/Official Site

Location: Connecting the buildings at 160 Federal St. and 100 High St., Downtown Boston

Estimated opening: Fall 2019

Current status: Construction is underway, and over half of a planned 22 vendors have been announced

The players: Rockpoint Group (which owns both buildings), CanaDev (a firm that is also developing food halls in New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC), Rockhill Management, and Boston Realty Advisors (which is handling the leasing)

The vendors: More than half have been announced so far:

  • Two restaurants from Tiffani Faison (of Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama, Fool’s Errand, and Orfano) — a throwback pizza-and-grinder spot called Tenderoni’s and a North Atlantic vs. South Atlantic raw bar called Dive Bar
  • A cocktail bar called Daiquiris & Daisies from Hojoko alums Daren Swisher and Joseph Cammarata
  • Two restaurants from the team behind Wheelhouse (a downtown burger joint) — a new location of Wheelhouse and a fried chicken restaurant called Haley Jane, featuring dishes based on Wheelhouse’s popular Thursday fried chicken sandwich specials
  • The Farmacy Cafe (previously known as Jubali), serving toasts, rice bowls, and more
  • Fuji at High Street Place, from the JP Fuji Group (with locations around Boston, Cambridge, Quincy, and beyond), featuring bestsellers from the group’s other locations and some new dishes
  • Juice bar Mother Juice, serving juices, smoothies, breakfast bowls, and more
  • Noodle BOS, from the team behind Noodle Lab at Boston Public Market, serving noodle and rice bowls and some Southeast Asia-inspired street food
  • Northeast of the Border, featuring tacos and guacamole
  • Pennypacker’s, the food truck and Somerville restaurant, serving, among other items, its popular porchetta sandwich
  • A new location of popular Bay Village sandwich shop Mike & Patty’s

The details: This food hall is set to take up 20,000 square feet between two downtown office buildings, having an “open-air” atrium feel (complete with a green wall) and accommodating more than 20 food stalls and 500 seats. There will be a retractable projection screen for special events. The hall will have a liquor license as well, and it will play host to a variety of events, including live music and book signings.

Hub Hall at the Hub on Causeway

A rendering shows the Hub on Causeway development at TD Garden, including an atrium-like space between two buildings
The Hub on Causeway rendering
The Hub on Causeway/Official Site

Location: 80 Causeway St., West End, Boston (by TD Garden and North Station)

Estimated opening: The development as a whole is slated to open in fall 2019, but the food hall won’t open until winter 2020

Current status: Under construction, with most of the vendors announced but a few still to come

The players: Boston Properties, Delaware North, Big Night Entertainment Group, Patina Restaurant Group

The vendors: Hub Hall, the food hall portion of the Hub on Causeway development, with Patina Restaurant Group at the helm, will span 25,000 square feet with room for 18 vendors; announcements are mostly rolling out throughout September and October 2019:

  • Douglass Williams (chef and owner of South End Italian restaurant Mida) has indicated that he will open Apizza at Hub Hall, serving both New Haven-style and Roman-style pizza; Hub Hall hasn’t officially announced this project yet
  • Boston icons Mike’s Pastry, Monica’s Mercato, and Sullivan’s: Mike’s and Monica’s are North End staples — the former known for cannoli and other baked goods, the latter for sandwiches — while Sullivan’s, located on Castle Island in South Boston, is a decades-old waterfront standby for inexpensive hot dogs, burgers, and fried seafood
  • A new location of Cusser’s Roast Beef & Seafood, a casual offshoot of Mooncusser Fish House that focuses on North Shore-style roast beef sandwiches and other New England fare
  • Sauce Burgers, a burger-focused offshoot of a burger, wings, and ribs joint in Andover
  • The Smoke Shop BBQ, a growing local chain with locations in Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston
  • A new location of fast-casual local Greek chain Greco (which has locations in Back Bay and the Seaport, with the Financial District to come), likely serving its usual mix of gyros, loukoumas, and more
  • A new location of Jamaica Plain vegan juice bar Juicygreens, serving juices, smoothies, toasts, bowls, and more
  • Boston Soup Company — shrimp gumbo, pho, clam chowder, and other soups from Marc Orfaly of Pier 6 and Reelhouse
  • Speaking of Reelhouse, a Reelhouse offshoot called Reelhouse Oyster Bar will open at Hub Hall, with Orfaly at the helm, focusing on raw bar items and charcuterie
  • Taco Dumbo, a New York City taqueria chain with a lot of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options; this will be the first location outside of New York
  • Bianco & Sons Sausage — this will be the first non-retail location for the company, which was founded in 1960, and it’ll serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring Bianco’s meats (such as sweet Italian sausage with grilled peppers and onions)
  • Caffe Nero — yet another location for the ever-expanding cafe chain that is based out of London, inspired by Italy, and omnipresent in the Boston area as of the last few years
  • A wine bar called Now Pouring, from the Patina Restaurant Group

There are also some full-service dining options at the development, not part of the food hall. The Patina Restaurant Group is overseeing Banners Kitchen & Tap, a sports bar with Topgolf Swing Suites, a gigantic television, and a cocktail list by local legend Jackson Cannon (Eastern Standard, the Hawthorne). Banners, which opened in mid-October 2019, will eventually have an offshoot beer bar, located adjacent to Hub Hall: the Draft by Banners, also from the Patina Restaurant Group, featuring 26 draft lines that will rotate daily.

Plus, Big Night Entertainment Group’s now-open multi-venue 35,000-square-foot space at the Hub on Causeway, Big Night Live, includes Guy Fieri’s first Boston restaurant, Tequila Cocina; an event space; and a 2000-person music venue with multiple bars and VIP rooms. Big Night Live (including Fieri’s restaurant) opened on October 31, 2019. There will also be a 15-screen movie theater, part of the LA-based ArcLight Cinemas, with a 65-seat bar and lounge. Local chefs are collaborating via popcorn spice mixes.

Also coming to the Hub on Causeway but not yet open: a cocktail bar called Sound Advice, on which the team from New York’s acclaimed Death & Co cocktail bar is consulting.

The details: Overall, the Hub on Causeway is a gigantic mixed-use development that will feature three towers full of office, residential, hotel, and retail space. The food hall portion, as noted above, will feature 18 vendors, and there are also the aforementioned venues from Big Night Entertainment Group and the additional restaurant, Banners, which are already open.

The Speedway

An aerial rendering shows a complex with courtyards next to a roadway
Aerial rendering of the Speedway
The Speedway/Official Site

Location: 525 Western Ave., Brighton, Boston — the site of the former Charles River Speedway Headquarters administration buildings (the buildings still exist and will be rehabilitated and renovated for this project, with certain historic elements preserved)

Estimated opening: Summer 2020

Current status: Construction is underway as of mid-October 2019, with an official groundbreaking scheduled for October 24, 2019

The players: A collaboration between the Architectural Heritage Foundation and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Historic Curatorship Program; plus, Maggie Battista of Eat Boutique — who has years of experience bringing together local vendors and makers for pop-up markets and events — is onboard as general manager

The vendors: Only one announced so far, as of mid-October 2019:

  • Salem-based, session beer-focused Notch Brewing will open its second brewery and taproom location at the Speedway. Considered the anchor tenant, Notch will have an outdoor beer garden space nearly twice the size of its Salem beer garden, and the Brighton location will have a seven-barrel brewing system. It’ll produce a mix of its existing core lineup and Speedway exclusives.

The details: The Speedway isn’t explicitly calling itself a food hall, but we’re including it here as it will feature a number of food vendors (as well as a full-service restaurant and the aforementioned brewery and taproom). It will also have event and office space and small retail shops featuring local artisans and makers. The overall space will span 17,000 square feet, with an 8,000-square-foot courtyard.

The Beat

Rendering of the Beat, a mixed-use space in Dorchester that will include a food hall. The rendering shows a glass-enclosed, two-story building with a giant “135” on the front (for the address).
Rendering of the Beat
Nordblom

Location: Former Boston Globe printing plant, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester, Boston

Estimated opening: Spring 2020, as of mid-October 2019

Current status: A building permit was issued in February 2019, some major financing was secured in March, and construction got well underway during summer 2019, with steelwork wrapping in mid-October 2019 and some signage going up around the same time

The players: Alcium Ventures and Nordblom Company

The vendors: None announced yet

The details: The old Globe plant is slated to become a 695,000-square-foot mixed-use development that could include office and lab space, retail, a fitness center, a 100-seat restaurant, a microbrewery and outdoor beer garden, a food hall, and more. The food hall will be right at the entrance, which will be a multi-story atrium. Early plans have also suggested the possibility of spaces for food trucks to “dock” outside.

Food & Folklore

Trays of vegetables and pita sit on a wooden table
A spread of food from Awafi Kitchen, an Iraqi pop-up that will appear in Food & Folklore’s 2019-2020 event series
Food & Folklore/Official Site

Location: Somewhere in Boston

Estimated opening: 2021

Current status: Very early stages — Food & Folklore currently exists as a pop-up series with an eye toward opening a food hall in 2021 at a to-be-determined location, and Tamika Francis (see below) is already in talks with architects and developers

The players: Tamika Francis, a community organizer, public health specialist, and Jamaican immigrant; Justin Kang, who works for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (but is working on Food & Folklore on his own, not as a representative of the Chamber); Boston-based point of sale and management system Toast

The vendors: Too early to tell, but chefs and projects featured in the 2019-2020 pop-up series include:

  • Awafi Kitchen (Iraqi)
  • Ismail Samad (Islamic diaspora)
  • Otto Llamas (Latin American)
  • Matriarchs’ Dinner (no further information available at this time)
  • Siedric White and Tamika Francis (Afro-Caribbean)
  • Chantal Thomas (“sexy vegetarian and vegan”)
  • Kwasi Kwaa (West African street food)

Details: Food & Folklore — its tentative name — is currently a pop-up series aimed at elevating the stories of Boston-area chefs of color, but the ultimate goal is a food hall. “I’d love to have my roti or my tacos or my indigenous food in a downtown setting,” Francis told Eater in October 2019. “The big vision is a food hall of sorts that offers folks from different diasporas [the opportunity] to test their concepts.”

K-Food Gallery

A rendering of a food hall with overhead lighting and illuminated signage
A rendering of K-Food Gallery’s forthcoming New York City location
K-Food Gallery [Official]

Location: Unknown; this isn’t definitely happening

Estimated opening: Unknown; this isn’t definitely happening

Current status: Opening in New York City in summer 2020 and officially eyeing expansion — but with no formal plans announced yet — in Boston as well as numerous other cities around the US

The players: Group KFF, which is behind Korean restaurant chains Jongro BBQ and Dons Bogam

The vendors: The New York location will feature a roster almost entirely made up of Korean food; it’s unclear whether locations in different cities would have the same vendor list. The New York list includes Jongro BBQ (which is expanding to Boston anyway) and BB.Q Chicken (which is already in Boston), along with Eggdrop, a Korean egg sandwich shop; Tiger Sugar, a Taiwanese boba chain; and Marrizzang, a Korean comfort food restaurant.

The details: With the New York food hall officially in the works, Group KFF has announced that it’s looking at possible expansion to Boston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle, San Francisco, Honolulu, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, and D.C. The company hasn’t said whether it has leases and timelines locked down in any of those cities, though, so Boston could be a long way off, if it even happens. Stay tuned for updates.

L Street Station

A rendering of L Street Station shows a multi-story atrium with a large staircase, people browsing and dining, and a live band playing in the middle
L Street Station rendering
L Street Station [Official Rendering]

Location: 776 Summer St., South Boston, on the site of the New Boston Generating Station (previously the South Boston Edison Power Plant)

Estimated opening: This is expected to take around 15 years to be completed, so maybe around the 2030s...

Current status: Preliminary plans were filed with the Boston Planning and Development Agency in August 2018; two updated plans — one with less housing and one with no housing, purely commercial space — came under discussion in summer 2019, and it’s unclear whether the new plans still include a food hall

The players: Redgate Real Estate, Hilco Redevelopment Partners, Stantec, Stoss, Greenberg Consultants

The vendors: Don’t expect any announcements for quite some time

The details: When this project is eventually completed, there could be nearly two million square feet of retail, residences (maybe), offices, a hotel, and more, possibly including a food hall and market built into a redeveloped turbine hall from the early 1900s. The hall features large clerestory windows, Italian glazed tile, and waterfront views, and there will be space for performances and other activities. As the project is still in the very early stages and has already undergone quite a few changes, it’s yet to be seen whether it will actually have a food hall or not. The July 2019 plan, almost 300 pages long, only mentions food or restaurants a few times. One part mentions that “the waterfront overlook at the terminus of M Street could support food trucks or other pop up food/retail opportunities,” while another section mentions that Turbine Halls 1 and 2 could include restaurant and market spaces, but it doesn’t specify whether this would be a food hall-like set-up or individual sit-down restaurants.


Food Halls That Opened in 2019

Time Out Market Boston

A tall, buttery, toasted brioche bun is stuffed with lobster, with warm butter dripping over the lobster and down the sides of the roll.
The warm lobster roll at Saltie Girl at Time Out Market Boston
Sarah Storrer/Eater

Location: 401 Park (formerly known as the Landmark Center), 401 Park Dr., Fenway, Boston

Opened: June 27, 2019

The players: This is one of several locations of Time Out Market, which is part of the Time Out media family; the first market opened in Lisbon in 2014, and New York and Miami locations opened in spring 2019. Chicago, Montreal, Prague, and London have their own locations on the way as well.

The vendors:

  • Tim and Nancy Cushman (O Ya, Hojoko, and more) operate two restaurants at the market, one featuring chicken and dumplings with some inspiration from Asian cuisines (Ms. Clucks Deluxe Chicken & Dumplings) and the other serving dishes like crispy nori sushi tacos and bento bowls, riffing on Hojoko and O Ya’s sushi and sashimi selections (Gogo Ya)
  • At Craigie Burger, Tony Maws (Craigie on Main) serves variations on his famous Craigie burger in a partnership with Michael Leviton (formerly behind Lumière) and Nick Zappia (of the now-defunct Blue Room and Belly)
  • Peter Ungár provides a taste of his high-end Somerville restaurant, Tasting Counter
  • Michael Schlow (Tico) serves Italian food at two restaurants, one focusing on pasta and marinated vegetables (Michael Schlow’s) while the other features Roman-style pizza (Monti)
  • South End restaurant Anoush’ella has an outpost, serving kofta wraps, hummus, and more
  • Union Square Donuts serves doughnuts
  • Inman Square’s Bisq serves charcuterie, cheese, and sandwiches
  • Gelato & Chill serves small-batch gelato and more, including gluten-free options and vegan sorbets
  • George Howell Coffee is onsite with coffee drinks, including coffee-based mocktails, and pastries from Providence’s Seven Stars Bakery and Belmont’s Praliné Artisanal Confections
  • Cambridge’s Jewish-style deli Mamaleh’s serves sandwiches and more
  • Revolution Health Kitchen, which has a location near the Pru, serves acai bowls, juices, and the like
  • Back Bay gem Saltie Girl serves a variety of seafood dishes, including lobster rolls and chowder
  • Greek Street — which opened in October 2019, unlike the vendors above, which all opened with the market in June — serves swordfish souvlaki, spanakopita, and more from the Saloniki team (Jody Adams, Eric Papachristos, and Jon Mendez)
  • Now closed: Mobile Cooks’ MC Kitchen served vegan food by a rotating group of local chefs for a three-month residency. It was replaced by Greek Street and is seeking permanent locations and other food hall opportunities.

For drinks, the market has two bars serving cocktails and mocktails, local beers and ciders, a variety of wines, and draft kombucha from Maine’s Urban Farm Fermentory. Plus, Trillium Brewing will soon fully open its taproom out in front of the building. (It’s not an official Time Out vendor, but it’s located right there on the front lawn. As of early October 2019, retail sales have begun, but onsite consumption of beers on tap is not yet happening.)

The details: A long-ago Sears, Roebuck and Company warehouse — more recently the Landmark Center, home to stores like Staples and REI — underwent a major revamp to include the 21,500-square-foot food hall with 15 food vendors, two bars, a demo kitchen for cooking classes, and a retail shop. Plus, the work of local artists is featured, and there is plenty of patio, plaza, and park space connected to the food hall via garage door-style openings.

Learn more about the food hall and several of its vendors at the links below:


Older Existing Food Halls

The exterior of Boston’s Quincy Market, photographed in December, with a large wreath over the main entrance, bare trees to either side, and tourists milling about outside in winter clothes. The market is made of pale gray stone, and four Greek-style columns lead up to the triangular roof. Golden capital letters read “Quincy Market” on the building facade above the columns.
Quincy Market
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

Of course, food halls aren’t at all new — even if the term “food hall” is enjoying a more recent burst of popularity. Quincy Market, Boston’s original food hall, was built in the 1820s. Take that, 2019. Another notable Boston venue that might be considered a food hall is Eataly, the Italian food emporium that opened in late 2016, although it doesn’t feature numerous kiosks under different ownership — it’s all Eataly.

Boston Public Market could even be considered a food hall — there are some prepared food options and some seating — but it leans more in the direction of an indoor farmers market, stocked mostly with produce and other items you have to take home and prepare rather than eat onsite.

An overhead view of tacos stuffed with seared avocados, lentils, and other vegan ingredients
Seared avocado tacos at the original Allston location of Whole Heart Provisions
Katie Chudy/Eater

Over in Cambridge, the revamped Smith Campus Center at Harvard University debuted in Harvard Square in fall 2018 (1350 Massachusetts Ave.). It’s perhaps more of a college food court than a food hall if you want to get technical, but the long-in-the-works renovation is now complete, and the building is packed full of some of Boston’s favorite foods, including doughnuts (Blackbird Doughnuts), vegetarian bowls (Whole Heart Provisions), fast-casual Greek (Saloniki), Vietnamese-inspired sandwiches and bowls (Bon Me), a growing local cafe chain (Pavement Coffeehouse), and a bakery (Swissbakers).

Several fancy chocolates sit on an elaborate peacock plate. One chocolate is crown-shaped, several are garnished with candied ginger, and several are garnished with a camo-patterned sliver of chocolate.
Chocolates from Gâté Comme des Filles
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

And in Somerville, Bow Market (1 Bow Market Wy., Union Square, Somerville) is now entirely up and running, as of October 2019, aside from a new pop-up coming in. Developed and managed by Matthew Boyes-Watson and Zachary Baum, this two-story, almost horseshoe-shaped structure — hidden between Somerville Avenue and Bow Street in Somerville’s Union Square, behind PA’s Lounge — began opening up gradually over the course of summer 2018. There are around 30 food and retail vendors; most are permanent tenants, but some spaces host a rotating selection of pop-ups.

The food selection includes Mike & Patty’s sibling Hot Box, which took home the Eater Boston 2018 readers’ choice award for Fast-Casual Restaurant of the Year; it serves North Shore-style roast beef sandwiches and South Shore-style bar pizza. And a nominee for the Bar of the Year award, wine bar Rebel Rebel, also calls Bow Market home.

Other food and beverage vendors include Buenas (empanadas and other South American treats), Hooked (prepared seafood dishes and packaged products, all featuring local fish), Jaju Pierogi (pierogi and kielbasa), Maca (macarons), Saus (a vegetarian offshoot of a downtown shop that features fries and more), Remnant Brewing (a brewery and cafe), In Season Food Shop (a local grocery store and purveyor of grain bowls, soups, and more), Variety Bar (a cocktail bar at the Comedy Studio upstairs), Gâté Comme des Filles (a chocolate shop), Tanám (a Filipino-American restaurant), and Create Gallery & Cocktail Lounge (a bar featuring art for sale and cocktails on tap, made with recipes from local star bartenders).

The newest additions to the market are Nibble Kitchen, a space that showcases a variety of Somerville’s immigrant food entrepreneurs (it opened in late September 2019), and vegan Egyptian pop-up Koshari Mama, which opened November 2 and will operate for a year in the space that previously housed bibimbap pop-up Perillas. Perillas closed in late September 2019 after a year at Bow Market, and owner James Choi is seeking a permanent location.

There are plenty of smaller halls — or courts, if you prefer — scattered throughout the region as well, such as Porter Exchange in Cambridge’s Porter Square (mostly Japanese food, with a little bit of Korean), Super 88 in Allston (a mix of Asian cuisines), the tiny Lofts Avana Building food court in Chinatown (sushi, egg puffs, and more), CityPlace at the Transportation Building in the Theatre District (Halal Guys, Blaze Pizza, D’angelo, etc.), the Corner Mall in Downtown Crossing (the usual mall suspects, such as Sarku Japan and Bourbon Street Cafe, along with a solid newcomer in the hand-pulled noodle world, Xi’an Rougamo), and Longwood Galleria in the midst of Boston’s best hospitals (the fairly recently opened Noodles King is making a splash there.)


Farther Afield

A colorful vegan burrito on a plate at Bar Verde at Plant City in Providence
Vegan burrito at Bar Verde at Plant City in Providence
Plant City/Official Site

Boston doesn’t have the monopoly on food halls in the region. Elsewhere in New England, there’s at least one new one and one more to come. (Know of another New England food hall that should be on our radar, either one that opened in 2019 or one that is in the works? Email us.)

Plant City

Located at 334 South Water St. in Providence, Rhode Island, Plant City opened in June 2019, and it’s entirely vegan. It’s more like an Eataly than a Time Out Market Boston in that the same entity is behind all the restaurants, and it’s got a couple fancier sit-down spots, not just counter-service vendors. Chef Matthew Kenney, known worldwide for his vegan and raw cooking, is behind the new food hall. (While he has restaurants around the world these days, he’s a New Englander by birth, born in Connecticut and raised in coastal Maine.)

Plant City spans 10,000 square feet and has seating for 225, with a total of six vegan food businesses — four restaurants, a cafe, and a market. One restaurant, Double Zero, is a full-service pizzeria that is also slated to get a Boston location.

Worcester Public Market

Similar to the Boston Public Market, the planned Worcester Public Market — opening fairly soon — will be a hybrid farmers market/food hall in Worcester, Massachusetts, offering produce, seafood, meats, baked goods, and lots of other products, as well as prepared lunch fare, beverages, and other options for onsite eating. Announced vendors so far include Miami oyster bar Salt & Brine (which also has an outpost in the Miami version of the international Time Out Market food hall), Taqueria del Pueblo, Teriyaki Japan, Pasta Mani, Bubble Bee Tea, Jennifer Lee’s Bakery, and a Wachusett Brewing Company taproom. (Wachusett is also busy expanding to Harvard Square in Cambridge.)

58 Fore Market Hall

A forthcoming Portland, Maine, development will include a large food hall with as many as 30 local vendors. The overall development will repurpose a waterfront factory complex into a home for retail and restaurants (including a new space for Evo Kitchen + Bar, currently located down the street), and the name 58 Fore Market Hall refers specifically to the food hall portion, a 13,000-square-foot warehouse (from around 1847). Meanwhile, 58 East — a 9,200-square-foot warehouse that dates back to 1883, when it was built for blacksmiths — will be home to a variety of restaurants and food retailers. The 58 Fore team has not yet announced details on food hall vendors or an opening timeline.


Update, 12/19/18: This piece has been updated to add a section on the forthcoming L Street Station development. The Bow Market and Smith Campus Center sections have also been updated and moved from the “forthcoming” section to the “existing” section, since those venues are either entirely or mostly open now.

Update, 1/14/19: This piece has been updated to add information on a portion of Time Out Market Boston’s lineup, announced today. Additionally, the Bow Market section has been updated to reflect new openings since the last update, and a note about a new opening inside the Corner Mall has been added.

Update, 4/22/19: Today’s update includes a lot more information on Time Out Market and High Street Place vendors. The West End’s forthcoming Hub on Causeway food hall has also been added to the guide.

Update, 6/4/19: Today’s update includes the addition of a link to a feature previewing the Craigie Burger menu for Time Out Market Boston, plus some additional details about Time Out, including a June 2019 opening timeline. Plus, the Hub on Causeway section has been updated to indicate that Guy Fieri’s first Boston restaurant, Tequila Cocina, will open at the development (though not in the food hall section) instead of the previously announced Mexican restaurant Poco Diablo. Lastly, we’re keeping an eye on this potential project in Quincy, but it has not yet been approved.

Update, 6/17/19: Mike & Patty’s has been added to the High Street Place lineup.

Update, 6/18/19: Today’s updates include a final round of details for Time Out Market Boston, including an official opening date — June 27, 2019. The last vendors and information regarding beverages have now been announced. Today’s update also adds a link to a feature story highlighting Tasting Counter’s menu at Time Out Market Boston.

Update, 7/10/19: Time Out Market Boston is now open; its section has been updated and moved. The Hub on Causeway section has also been updated with news of its first vendor, Apizza from Mida’s Douglass Williams.

Update, 9/9/19:

  • The High Street Place section has been updated lightly to (a) reflect that Tiffani Faison’s Orfano is now open and (b) the Fuji restaurant’s name will be Fuji at High Street Place.
  • The Hub on Causeway section has several updates: The food hall itself will be called Hub Hall (the larger development is the Hub on Causeway), it’ll be located at 80 Causeway St., not 100 Causeway, and it could open in winter 2019-2020; meanwhile, another restaurant at the Hub on Causeway (not part of the food hall), Banners Kitchen & Tap, could open in the fall.
  • Construction at the Beat is now well underway; still no vendor announcements or additional details.
  • In light of several updates to L Street Station plans, that section has been updated to reflect that it may or may not end up including a food hall after all, although there will likely be some combination of restaurants, food pop-ups, food trucks, and markets involved in the development.
  • The Bow Market section has been updated: Create Gallery & Cocktail Lounge is now open.
  • A new section, Farther Afield, describes a new vegan food hall in Providence, Rhode Island, and a forthcoming food hall in Portland, Maine.

Update, 9/18/19: Hub Hall has announced three of its vendors; its section has been updated accordingly.

Update, 9/20/19: More Hub Hall vendors announced.

Update, 10/16/19:

  • New details for Hub Hall: a bunch more vendors announced, and Banners is now open at the overall development, the Hub on Causeway.
  • Updates to the Time Out Market Boston section: MC Kitchen is out, Greek Street is in, and Trillium Brewing (not a Time Out vendor but located on the front lawn) is partially open.
  • Bow Market: Nibble Kitchen is open, Perillas is closed, and Koshari Mama is coming.
  • Two brand new forthcoming food halls added: Food & Folklore and the Speedway.

Update, 10/23/19:

  • More vendors added to Hub Hall section.
  • New sections added: K-Food Gallery and Boston Public Market at Logan.

Update, 11/6/19:

  • Hub on Causeway: Big Night Live and Guy Fieri’s Tequila Cocina are now open; the ArcLight cinema will feature local chef collaborations (in the form of popcorn spice mixes); a cocktail bar called Sound Advice will open at the development.
  • Bow Market: Koshari Mama is now open.
  • The Beat: Timeline and current status updates.
  • Worcester Public Market: New section.

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Bow Market

1 Bow Market Way, , MA 02143 Visit Website

The Hub on Causeway

100 Causeway Street, , MA 02114

Time Out Market Boston

401 Park Drive, , MA 02215 (978) 393-8088 Visit Website

High Street Place

100 High Street, , MA 02110 Visit Website

Apizza

80 Causeway Street, , MA 02114 Visit Website

Daiquiris & Daisies

100 High Street, , MA 02110 (617) 209-4672 Visit Website