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Raleigh's first food hall preps for opening date

Posted June 22, 2018 8:48 a.m. EDT
Updated June 22, 2018 10:37 a.m. EDT

— In just over a month, Raleigh's first food hall will open its doors.

Morgan Street Food Hall and Market, a 22,000 square foot culinary incubator at 411 West Morgan St. in the Warehouse District, will house 16 restaurants and five retail options.

The list of restaurants include Raleigh Raw, Sasool, Oak City Fish and Chips, Cow Bar, Ginger and Soy, Boba Brew and City Sushi, in addition specialized retail carts selling packaged foods and culinary-related items. The venue will also house two bars - The Arbor, which includes indoor and outdoor patio space, and Auntie Betty's, a small gin and cocktail bar.

"We have several folks where this is their new venture. They have been chefs in other places. They've had other careers. They're now coming in to try their hand at running a restaurant," food hall general manager James Sauls said.

Photos: Inside Morgan Street Food Hall

Other food tenants will include:

  • Cousins Maine Lobster, a popular food truck company that won the support of investor Barbra Corcoran when it appeared on “Shark Tank.”
  • Carroll’s Kitchen: A nonprofit that provides job training and employment to women in the community with the goal of ending homelessness. This will be the company’s second Raleigh location.
  • Makus Empanadas: Founded in 2013 by brothers Hernan and Santiago Moyano and lifelong friend Ricky Yofree, the Durham restaurant serves authentic Argentinean empanadas with fillings ranging from pork chimichurri to sweet corn with specialty sauce and homemade sides.
  • Raleigh Rolls: Offers various flavors of ice cream scooped into rolls, packed in a cup and topped with a variety of toppings. This will be the first location for the company.
  • Wicked Taco: Offers signature tortillas, fresh-made salsa, Mexican-inspired sides and salads using local ingredients. This will be the restaurants second location.
  • Bella’s Wood Fired Pizza: High-quality pizza made with fresh ingredients along with a seasonal small place tapas menu.

Retail tenants include Hail Mary Mix, Five Points Baking Co., Mike D’s BBQ and The Soaperie.

Morgan Street Food Hall opens on July 23. Once open, the hall's regular hours will be Sunday through Wednesdays 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 7 a.m. until 2 a.m.

More food halls in the area

This isn't downtown Raleigh's only food hall. Transfer Company food hall is under construction at 500 E. Davie St. The 43,000 square-foot space will be home to tenants including Boulted Bread, Jubala Coffee, Locals Seafood and Videri Chocolate Factory. The space is looking to open in late summer.

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In Chapel Hill, Blue Dogwood Public Market has opened at 306 W. Franklin St.

Durham is also getting a food hall. Durham Food Hall will be opening this year in the mixed-use space inside Liberty Warehouse Apartments.