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Food Halls are definitely a powerful movement; they are here to stay and for good reason. Phil Colicchio Managing Partner, Colicchio Consulting Food Halls of North America 2018, Cushman & Wakefield

Food Halls continue to appear all across the country, and are gaining breakneck momentum in the Washington, D.C. area. According to a report by Cushman Wakefield, there’s a reason these food halls are as popular and appealing as they are. Food Halls in North America 2018 notes how economically robust the concept is for developers and restaurant operators—they offer an e-commerce-proof product that can’t be replicated by a website a consumer is browsing while lounging in the convenience of their home. Furthermore, these food halls offer a true dining and social experience, the cornerstone value proposition of highend, sit-down restaurants that offer patrons a sampling of local and/or global fare in an upscale setting. Pike and Rose in North Bethesda, Md. is the latest mixed-used development to offer a food hall. The recent announcement of an Asian food hall, The Block, coming in 2019 should be no surprise. It will occupy a 500-square-foot space at 967 Rose Avenue, and feature vendors that include Pokéworks offering poke bowls, Taiwanese “SnoCream” and Asian street food, according to Bethesda Magazine. The food hall was first reported by Washingtonian and is yet another addition to the evolving and voluminous food hall scene in Metro-D.C., which includes recent and upcoming projects: Ballston Quarter (Arlington, Va.), Isabella Eatery (Tysons, Va.), Latin Marketplace (NoMa, D.C.), and Common Ground. (Rosslyn, Va.) According to Cushman & Wakefield, food halls offer a less expensive operating model to restaurants than they have currently, although the increase in food hall penetration in major urban markets is also a reason that restaurateurs will see increased competition and more restaurant failures. The $2.4 billion purchase of the building above Chelsea

Swizzle Chill Magazine Issue One  

Swizzle Chill Magazine is D.C.'s very own digital publication to discover new experiences and stories about local food & drink programs, rea...

Swizzle Chill Magazine Issue One  

Swizzle Chill Magazine is D.C.'s very own digital publication to discover new experiences and stories about local food & drink programs, rea...