Long-delayed, the latest ‘market hall’ concept joins Mission Bay’s food desert
After a series of delays, a food hall concept is heading to Mission Bay in March.
The Market Hall, an upscale grocery and restaurant concept by Tony Riviera that has debuted in Seattle and San Diego, will land at the base of the Channel Mission Bay apartment development at Fourth and Channel streets.
The project was first held up by a lengthy building permit process and slated to open last year, but “construction snafus” have put the project a year past its initial completion estimate, said General Manager Gina Marie Clemen.
Now the project is about 90 percent complete and the plan is to open in late March, Clemen said.
Designed by Chesmore Buck Architects with interiors from Jane Kim Design, The Market Hall will be part upscale grocery, with an emphasis on prepared foods like sushi, charcuterie and meats, and part full-service restaurant with a menu including Neopolitan pizza, a raw bar, oysters and small plates. It has partnered with Italian coffee shop chain Illy to offer espresso and other café provisions.
The Market Hall will also offer catering to nearby offices with boxed lunches. Clemen is in the process of hiring 50 to 60 employees to staff the emporium. Staffing has been difficult due to the high cost of living in the Bay Area, she said, echoing a concern by many of the region’s restaurateurs.
The “market hall” style of high-end food emporium has become popular across the country, particularly following the success of places like Mario Batali’s Eataly in New York, and Napa Valley’s long-standing Dean and DeLuca, where Clemen hails from.