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Giant food hall Delray City Market to debut in 2019 in Delray Beach

A massive 30,000-square-foot food hall is taking shape near Delray Beach’s bustling Atlantic Avenue main drag.

Dubbed Delray City Market, the upscale foodie village from real estate developer Craig Menin and longtime South Florida restaurateur Dennis Max will fill the ground floor of a 120,000-square-foot building at 33 SE Third St., about half a block south of Atlantic.

Menin Development expects to break ground this year in time for a summer 2019 opening, partner Marc Yavinsky says. Max, the veteran behind Pompano Beach’s Café Maxx, Delray Beach’s Max’s Harvest and the 7-month-old Prezzo in Boca Raton, will help handle the market’s food and beverage offerings.

Yavinsky says the developer will submit proposals to the city within a month.

Describing the food hall’s interior as “sensory overload,” Yavinsky says Delray City Market will have 30 vendors, 25-foot-high ceilings, live music and art. The four-story building will also include a 3,000-square-foot rooftop garden and a three-level indoor garage with 200 parking spaces, he says.

“We believe that people want a big experience, and we’re all in on the food hall concept,” says Yavinsky. “It’s one of the hottest trends in the country.”

Yavinsky says Max and Menin Development modeled Delray City Market after high-traffic food halls around the country – think Manhattan’s Chelsea Market and San Diego’s Liberty Public Market – as opposed to the series of small and mid-size food halls sprouting up in Miami.

No vendors have signed on yet, although he expects the ground-floor food stalls (about 400 square feet each) will be occupied by “predominantly local” chefs, Yavinsky says. He says Menin and Max are in talks with possible vendors, but declined to name any in a Friday interview.

“We’re not going to have any chain [restaurants] in the food hall,” he says. “They will all be authentic, unique food purveyors.”

Menin Development spent $4.6 million to acquire the property off Atlantic Avenue, originally planned to be the upscale Metropolitan condo project, Yavinsky says.

The arrival of Delray City Market seems to herald a northern push for food halls, after the recent Miami-Dade County debuts this year of La Centrale and Casa Tua Cucina in Brickell, Jackson Food Hall in Miami, 1-800-Lucky in Wynwood and St. Roch Market in the Design District. Plans also are underway for a food hall and brewery on Fort Lauderdale’s Sistrunk Boulevard, and for a pop-up food hall this July in Boynton Beach. Grandview Public Market, a 12-vendor food hall in West Palm Beach, opened in February.

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