Classic Urban Food Hall for Las Vegas
“Food halls—which we’re defining primarily as indoor markets with vendors selling prepared items and groceries—are popping up across America, from Atlanta to Seattle. They serve as incubators for small independent businesses and as gathering spaces where you grab a bite and pick up products of the local, fresh, and artisanal varieties.”
Travel and Leisure Magazine, December 17, 2014
As a full-on foodie town, the one thing that is missing from the Vegas landscape is a Grand Food Hall. Yes, there are a scattering of farmer’s markets, but few are in tourist-accessible locations and many are sparsely filled. The Market Hall concept dates back centuries in the Old World with places like the Great Market Hall in Budapest, Mercat de San Josep in Barcelona, Naschmarkt in Vienna, and others. The Market Hall in our new world dates back to the 1800s with places like the still-in-operation today Reading Terminal Marketplace in Philadelphia. Even in this brand new 21st century numerous new halls have opened to much acclaim and success in places such as San Diego, Portland, proving there is a ‘market’ for such places!
With numerous local entrepreneurial chefs, cottage food businesses and purveyors of unique home and cook gift items, it is only a matter of time before Las Vegas opens up it’s own Grand Food Hall in its own unique style. Harrah’s realizing this opportunity has capitalized on the trend by creating an ‘artificial’ one at their casino operated “Fulton Street Food Hall. It is a faux food court marketed as ‘food hall.’ Good idea, but not a TRUE food hall. Thus the opportunity is there for a meeting place and display of dynamic food and non-food items you won’t find anywhere else. Guaranteed to become one of the busiest food destinations in Las Vegas.
“Food halls are prevalent all over the world. We are a critical social connection between people, food, and local purveyors.
When these markets work, they’re magic.”
Steve Carlin, Ferry Building in San Francisco and the Oxbow Public Market in Napa, CA.