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Long-awaited Morgan Street Food Hall sets an opening date

The Morgan Street Food Hall in Raleigh hoped to open at several points last year, but is now eyeing a summer 2018 unveiling. The project will feature up to 65 vendors, the most of any area food hall.
The Morgan Street Food Hall in Raleigh hoped to open at several points last year, but is now eyeing a summer 2018 unveiling. The project will feature up to 65 vendors, the most of any area food hall. jleonard@newsobserver.com

The summer of food halls is heating up.

At long last, there's an opening date for the Morgan Street Food Hall, one of the largest of the four food hall projects in the Triangle.

The owners of the project say it will open July 23, making the announcement on Instagram.

Meanwhile, Blue Dogwood Public Market had its soft opening in Chapel Hill last weekend with the grand opening set for this weekend.

They're part of four food hall projects underway in the Triangle, part of a nationwide development trend born out of the local, independent food movement.

Each are filled with various food stalls or vendors, mirroring centuries-old markets in Europe and Asia. These halls have opened in major and smaller cities over the last decade, with more than two dozen currently open in New York and a few in Charlotte.

Morgan Street Food Hall comes from Niall Hanley, who also owns the Hibernian Irish Pubs and Raleigh Beer Garden.

He said Morgan Street will open with around 16 vendors, including Carroll's Kitchen, Cousins Maine Lobster, Raleigh Raw and a dozen others. There will be a large indoor/outdoor bar that leads out to a beer garden, a gin bar, a butcher shop and craft vendors. Hanley said the gin bar, Auntie Betty's, may not be ready by July 23, but would be open shortly thereafter.

Blue Dogwood's roster includes vendors Chocolatay Confections, Left Bank Butchery, Pizzelle Bakery and others. There also will be a bar with beer, wine and cider.

Morgan Street was first announced in 2016 and has slowly remade the former Jillian's Bar into a dining destination. The opening date was pushed back at least once.

"It's like seeing the shore after a trans-Atlantic swim," said Hanley of naming an opening date. "It's been an incredibly complicated build out. It's essentially 16 different kitchens. I know they do it at the mall, but that's a new building. This is an old building."

Morgan Street is a major piece of a building boom in Raleigh's Warehouse District, with The Dillon mixed-use building also scheduled to open this year with a Weaver Street Grocery location, along with more restaurants and retail.

Transfer Co. Food Hall, the other food hall in Raleigh, is also set to open this summer at 500 E. Davie St.

Durham Food Hall, after relocating from its originally announced location to 530 Foster St., doesn't have a timeline.



Drew Jackson; 919-829-4707; @jdrewjackson

Details

Morgan Street Food Hall & Market

411 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. Morganfoodhall.com

Vendors:Cousins Maine Lobster, Carroll’s Kitchen, Makus Empanadas, Raleigh Rolls, Wicked Taco, Bella’s Wood Fired Pizza, Morgan Street Java and Creperie, Boba Brew, City Sushi, Cow Bar, Curry in a Hurry, Cocoa Forte, Ginger + Soy, Oak City Fish & Chips, Raleigh Raw, Sassool, Hook & Cleaver butcher shop, MKG Kitchen

Blue Dogwood Public Market

306 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. bluedogwood.com

Vendors: Rumi Persian Cafe, Chocolatay Confections, Left Bank Butchery, Pizzelle Bakery, Soul Cocina, Vegan Flava Cafe, The Bar at Blue Dogwood

Transfer Co.

500 E. Davie St., Raleigh. Transferoldeeast.com

Opening: Summer 2018

Vendors:Boulted Bread, Jubala Coffee, Angela Salamanca of Centro and Gallo Pelon, Videri Chocolate Factory, Locals Seafood with Person Street, Saxapahaw General Store and Che Empanadas, restaurant anchor to be secured

Durham Food Hall

530 Foster St., Durham. Durhamfoodhall.com

Opening: Late 2018

Vendors: None announced so far

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