Philadelphia has Reading Terminal Market, New York City has Chelsea Market and soon, St. Louis will have its own massive food hall.
In a few weeks, local architecture firm the Lawrence Group plans to break ground on City Foundry Food Hall & Market, a multi-use building that will feature offices and retail space in addition to a food hall and a handful of restaurants. The project is located just east of Cortex in the 3700 block of Forest Park Avenue. The food hall will be located in the Federal-Mogul building, with plans to build another 100,000-square-foot building closer to Forest Park Parkway. The plans also include parking garages, a residential tower and green space, in addition to a possible market.
City Foundry will feature around 40 spaces for retail, primarily outside of the food and beverage industry, in addition to the food hall, which will feature up to two dozen food kiosks or stalls. The concept may also include three to five full-service restaurants. Brad Beracha of BaiKu Sushi Lounge in Midtown is working with the Lawrence Group as director of culinary services for the project.
"We're creating a destination for people to have a lot of different reasons to come here, from the retail to the food hall to the restaurants," Beracha says. "Not only is it filling the need for all of Cortex and the surrounding development, which is really exciting, but it's also just a few blocks away from SLU, Barnes and Grand Center in the immediate area," Beracha says. "We're looking at it becoming an iconic destination for people heading to the ball game and to the Arch from the county. We are wanting to create a very secure safe space where people can park their car, take their stroller out, come inside and have multiple things they’re able to do within the City Foundry – it’s not just a run in, run out kind of place."
Beracha isn't able to name specific vendors just yet, but says he's inspired by the history of the building – which dates back to 1930 – to challenge vendors to get creative within the space.
"Going back to the spirit of innovation and what this building has done since 1930, we really want to get some of the best concepts in the city to come and do something different," Beracha says. "We don’t want people to just take what they’re currently doing and put it in the food hall – we want to have something that people can’t get anywhere else in St. Louis. It’s challenging the entrepreneurs to get creative and innovative themselves with what they want to offer within the space so that we can create a culinary community moving forward."
City Foundry Food Hall & Market is expected to open to the public in the fall of 2018.
City Foundry Food Hall & Market, 3700 Forest Park Ave., Midtown, St. Louis, Missouri, cityfoundrystl.com