Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

FEB 2018

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26 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • FEBRUARY 2018 F o r u p - a n d - c o m i n g c h e f s a n d r e s t a u - r a t e u r s l o o k i n g t o e x p a n d o r t e s t n e w c o n c e p t s , f o o d h a l l s o f f e r a l o w b a r r i e r t o e n t r y , a b u i l t - i n f a c i l i t y a n d b r a n d - i n g s u p p o r t . On top of all that, food hall locations tend to provide a customer-grabbing catch-all from surrounding business districts or urban areas with high traffic, especially during the lunch hour. Hmm, sound familiar? The food hall story mirrors the biography of food trucks in many ways, albeit on a much grander scale. Food halls — much like the food truck phenomenon — continue to bedazzle not only the foodie patrons of today but also the designers, equipment suppliers and operators they attract. Spurred by the early pioneers of the food hall concept, like Eataly in New York and, later, Latinicity and Revival Food Hall in Chicago, count- less food halls continue to open around the country. Expect more this year. High-traffic barometers and a food-is- everything approach form the basis for the modern-day food hall success story. "Food halls are becoming the new anchor tenants of malls, retail spaces and downtown districts because of the number of people they attract," says Jack Gibbons, president of The Food Hall Co., which opened Legacy Hall in Plano, Texas. The 55,000-square-foot property features 22 stalls and 7 bars. Two years of planning and development went into Legacy Hall before the doors officially opened in December 2017. Chicago continues to see new food hall concepts emerge. The lineup in- cludes Forum 55, which opened in late 2017; Wells St. Market, set to open in 2018; and Lakeview Market, sched- uled to open in the summer of 2018. Investors seem willing to continue to back these types of places. Wells St. Market, for example, is a project from Alvarez & Marsal Property Investments and Ameritus Real Estate Investment F o o d H a l l s

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