After years of anticipation, St. Louis' first major food hall is finally getting ready to open its doors.
City Foundry STL has announced plans to open its doors in Midtown on Wed., Aug. 11, serving up everything from tacos to poke to Senegalese fare. The massive, 30,000-square-foot food hall, which features a range of St. Louis vendors curated by Niche Food Group owner Gerard Craft, will open in two phases, eventually featuring 15 vendors in total.
The initial lineup includes Good Day, Kalbi Taco Shack, Turmeric Street Style, Patty’s Cheesecakes, Buenos Aires Cafe, Press Waffle Co., Hello Poke, Poptimism STL, Sub Division Sandwich Co. and Chez Ali, each of which will operate an approximately 500-square-foot stall. The food hall features seating for 400 guests inside, and grab-and-go service will also be available.
“The Food Hall at City Foundry is the first of its kind in St. Louis," City Foundry's Will Smith said in a press release. "By the end of this year, we’ll have introduced several new eateries to St. Louis while providing a space for guests to taste what makes this city great: diverse culture and hard-working and talented people. Visitors will not only be able to taste unique culinary dishes, but also experience art with all five senses at City Foundry."
With the range of offerings, which runs the gamut from waffles to Korean-inspired tacos to cheesecake, City Foundry's food hall will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner service.
Susie Bonwich, daughter of the late, great Post-Dispatch restaurant critic Joe Bonwich, will be serving as the food hall's director of operations. "I'm excited to bring the Bonwich name back into the St. Louis food scene and be involved with such an innovative, passionate community of chefs," she said in the release. "The restaurant partners coming to City Foundry are bringing to life their newest and biggest ideas in a culture hub at the heart of the city. Each kitchen will continue to evolve after the initial opening, so guests can expect new discoveries upon every visit."
Niche Food Group will curate the food hall's tenants and also operate a few stands of its own.
News comes today that Niche Food Group will also develop the central bar concept in the space, The Kitchen Bar, which will "serve as a neighborhood bar for the surrounding community" with 28 seats. Melinda Cooper, bar manager at Brasserie, will be developing the menu, which features an approachable mix of classic cocktails, wines by the glass and local beers.
The next round of restaurants is scheduled to open throughout September and October. Expect to see four additional concepts, including the recently announced Chicken Scratch from former Niche chef Nate Hereford.
City Foundry STL, 3730 Foundry Way, Midtown, St. Louis, Missouri, cityfoundrystl.com