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Miami food hall Jackson Hall abruptly shuts down after six months

South Florida’s recent food-hall blitz has claimed its first casualty: Jackson Hall at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami has shut down.

On Tuesday afternoon, Jackson Hall owners Della Heiman and Ken Lyon announced on the food hall’s Facebook page that the health-focused food emporium abruptly closed as of Oct. 2.

Heiman and Lyon, who also operate the popular open-air marketplace Wynwood Yard, didn’t list a specific reason for shutting down, describing the decision on Facebook as “difficult.”

“The decision to close our doors has not been an easy one,” the status update reads. “As a grassroots small business competing with heavily subsidized food offerings in the area, we learned through experience that our business model is not viable given the context and timing.”

Heiman and Lyon will instead focus on programming at Wynwood Yard, at least for now. The news follows a Miami Herald report that the property on which Wynwood Yard sits was sold in September to homebuilding giant Lennar, which will build an 11-story residential building called Wynwood Green. The Wynwood Yard will shut down in spring 2019 and reopen in North Beach as North Beach Yard. (David Lombardi of Lombardi Properties owns the Wynwood Yard property as well as land occupied by independent theater O Cinema, also closing its Wynwood location next spring.)

Riding a wave of recent food hall openings in South Florida, Jackson Hall debuted in April with six vendors, including rotisserie concept Charcoal; della bowls, which sold plant-based bowls; Little Island Poke Shop, which offered poke bowls; and Levante, selling Mediterranean fare such as hummus, harissa and kebabs.

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