Delray’s First Food Hall And One Of America’s Largest Food Hall Experiences Opens on April 24
Poised to be America’s premier model food hall with a heavy emphasis on artistic eye candy, Delray Beach Market by pioneering lifestyle real estate visionaries Menin, is readying to open on April 24 following a year of construction, just half-a-block south of Atlantic Avenue in the heart of downtown Delray Beach, Florida.
A culinary phenomenon that not even COVID-19 could put a halt to, Delray Beach Market will serve as a physical homage to the Delray Beach experience, drawing from the town’s rich history as a travel and agricultural center as well as a winter escape for scores of unique personalities throughout the decades. Specialty food purveyors, innovative chef-helmed dining concepts, and creative food incuba-tors will be centered on local and ethnic gastronomy from established brick-and-mortar concepts to trendy food trucks. A creative beverage program curated art and food exhibitions and an endless array of programmings such as live music shows, culinary schooling, celebrity activations, and innovative events will be central to this new destination which will serve as a new flagship experience for Delray Beach.
The culturally rich institution will deliver a recipe of equal parts market, community locale, art emporium, and culinary melting pot. Delray Beach Market will be the largest food hall ever to break ground in Florida and the very first in Delray.
“It’s been years in development and it’s finally here, ready to be revealed and to play host the nearly three million annual visitors to Delray Beach (Source: Downtown Development Authority). We’ve worked hard to analyze and forecast what Delray Beach locals were missing and what our friends from around Florida and the country would love to patronize in a new model food hall, and placed it all within this single destination for food lovers to enjoy,” says Jordana L. Jarjura, President & General Counsel for Menin.
Standing four stories tall at 150,000-square feet and featuring over 25 local and regional eateries with a rotating lineup of small-er artisan vendor pop-ups throughout, the Market will put Delray Beach on the national map for its unique culinary landscape. But beyond offering an architecturally striking arena for food and art to come together while welcoming over 2,000 visitors a day, Delray Beach Market will serve as both a communal and millennial hub for the city of Delray.
Opportunities for public gatherings, collaborations with the world’s greatest food artists, educational celebrity culinary demonstrations as well as an abundance of activations for kids and families to partake in throughout the week will be central to the experience. Event reservations can be made through the website, www.delraybeachmarket.com.
“Delray Beach Market will be as much about supporting up-and-coming chefs as it will be to housing experienced concepts ranging from eclectic to fast-casual and fine dining,” says Andy Masi, Clique Hospitality Founder and CEO, whose team has been appointed to manage the facility.
Construction on the food emporium began in November 2019 and includes 60,000-square feet of individually-curated hospitality ven-dors anchored amidst a backdrop of stunning, large-format interactive murals and sculptures by world-renowned artists, a 220-car, four-level enclosed parking garage, first floor and mezzanine levels with an abundance of indoor and outdoor seating areas, as well as dedicated takeout/pick-up spots.
The main hall invites guests to enjoy the exciting sights and sounds of the Market, where a bright and eclectic mix of neon and retro-modern signage sets the tone for communal or individual dining. A central bar will present the ultimate in build-your-own extravagant Bloody Marys along with a rotating menu of seasonal cocktails crafted by top mixologists.
At the mezzanine level, an open show kitchen surrounded by lounge areas along with an additional bar will present a space ideal for hosting cooking and baking classes, while catering to private, corporate and special events.
Specialty COVID-19 design measures include touchless bathrooms, collapsible nanowalls for open-air spaces at the mezzanine special event level, two garage doors on the ground floor, enhanced air filter AC system, extensive seating, and plenty of socially-distanced spaced indoor seating.
“Our show kitchen will be completely furnished, ready for hosted entertainment with audience space and state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities,” says Andy Masi. “Activations will be a constant curation here. We are going for big strategic partnerships and will have alliances with spirit brands, food brands and a healthy mix of food retail.”
Notable restaurants will include:
Sorella’s, an artisanal handmade pasta house featuring Chef Jimmy Everett, a Florida native with extensive Italian cuisine experience in kitchens like Marea (New York City) and Al Molo (Hong Kong). Sorella’s unique product offerings will include fresh, hand-made build-your-own-pastas as well as a variety of take-home re-tail items such as authentic sauces, pastas by the pound, and other ready to eat items.
Bona Bona, an over-the-top ice cream shop with a boozy streak known for wild concoctions like its toasted marshmallow meringue.
Cellar & Pantry, a wine, cheese, and charcuterie bar, with a retail offering of specialty prepared foods and pantry items, both alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks, and accompanying gourmet accessories.
Central Bar, a chic cocktail bar, that will be quite literally the center of attention inside Delray Beach Market. A lively and attractive venue with soft touches, Central Bar offers handmade artisanal cocktails.
Salvo’s Pizzeria, Salvo’s dishes up both traditional hand-tossed New York slices and whole pies that are big city certified.
Tekka Bar, an esteemed hand-roll and sake haven for sushi connoisseurs, developed by acclaimed Las Vegas restaurateurs Takashi Segawa & Oliver Wharton, highlighting the freshest seafood alongside an eclectic sake program.
Tip To Tail by Third Wind Seafood, a carefully and sustainably-sourced retail fish market with a raw bar and prepared seafood dishes; proudly featuring the finest hand-curated selection of the freshest, Florida finfish, and Northeast Shellfish.
The Modern Rose, a unique cafe serving locally-roasted coffee, organic teas, vibrant and beautiful drink creations, Argentinian-style empanadas, freshly-squeezed juices, avocado toasts, vegan and gluten-free.
Delray Beach Market is located at 33 SE Third Avenue in the heart of downtown Delray Beach, Florida, offering a taste of the city like never before. The Market will be open seven days a week between the hours of 7 am and 11 pm. For a complete list of restaurants and upcoming events, visit www.delraybeachmarket.com.