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Mimi Sheraton, the incomparable former food critic of the NY Times recently proclaimed that the once sprawling malls of suburbia have been gradually decaying in existence. She then sent out the same omen to the omnipresence of food halls. It made me scratch my head and wonder. Then I came across this. I haven't visited many food halls, but I have noticed that there is this race to create "insta" worthy food, whether or not it is delicious is debatable. So this prompts me to ask the question, what is a food start up to do? Most can not afford the financial burden of a brick and mortar, but want to test out their concept in a temporary space provided by real estate in a food hall. Discuss.
On November 15th, the grand opening of the Bourse will be happening. I'm not sure how I feel about food halls yet. My experience so far has been 50/50. I have been to the Block VA, and was not impressed one bit. I frequently head to Belvedere Square in Bmore, and love it there. If I were to give a crude description to food halls, I would describe them as souped up food courts. Am I wrong? A great write up about the opening of the Bourse, The Bourse Marketplace grand opening set for November, wriiten by Kenneth Hilario 9-13-18 Phiiadelphia Business Journal It may be worth mentioning that a couple of the vendors at the Bourse are District imports, Takorean, as well as Mi and Yu Noodle Bar, a DC based chain. Actually I think the developers are from DC as well, now that I think about it. I did a bit of research and learned that bit. I can't seem to locate the article.
Philadelphia, PA - MRP Realty will officially open The Bourse Food Hall, on Thursday, November 15th and the celebration continues into Friday, November 16th. Initially built in them1890's, the building, was converted from a commodities exchange into a beautiful artisanal food hall. The Bourse Food Hall Grand Opening A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony by Mayor Jim Kenney, will mark the start of the opening on Thursday, November 15th at 9 am. Then, the first one hundred customers to dine at The Bourse Food Hall for breakfast (9:15 a.m.), the lunch (noon), and dinner (5 p.m.) are going to receive gift items including “Taste of The Bourse” souvenir bags, gift cards, vendors giveaways, and a lot more. The Bourse will also raffle off larger prizes, including tickets to Flyers and 76ers games. See more at PhillyBite Magazine: The Bourse Food Hall Grand Opening