• Mark Baratelli, Editor

Guide to Orlando Food Halls

Updated: Feb 14

Why eat at one restaurant when you can eat at five?


What's a Food Hall?

The Food Halls is a big trend coming to Orlando and the surrounding burbs. Thirteen are either in the works or about to open as of January 2021. Nationally in 2015 there were 70 food halls. Cushman & Wakefield sai

Don't know what a food hall even is? Eater describes food halls as "multi-faceted, typically indoor markets showcasing a variety of local food vendors and artisans." How's a food hall different from a food court? Food courts were created for convenience while food halls are created for experience. Food halls are. In a food hall, the food should be elevated, pricier, and unique. The individual food vendors are either locally owned, all owned by one restaurant group, created by a developer of the building, or a combination of the three. Another differentiator is that many food halls come with a brewery. Some say the food hall trend is inflated while others say it's not dead. We recommend doing a little reading to understand more. See below:

  1. Best Food Halls in America - Thrillist

  2. 27 incredible food halls in the US - Insider

  3. America's Best Food Halls - Travel + Leisure

Orlando Area Food Halls In the Works:

Rendering courtesy The Hall at The Yard

The Hall at The Yard Food Hall - The 630-apartment mixed use development called The Yard at Ivanhoe at 1460 Alden Road (MAP) in Orlando partnered with the company that created The Hall on Franklin in Tampa to bring a food hall to a portion of the development's 31,000 SF of retail space. The food hall will contain nine restaurants, five curated event spaces, and three cocktail bars. The hall's creators say that it will be "the world’s first full-service food hall."

Rendering courtesy Southern Box Food Hall

Southern Box Food Hall - A 22,400 SF food hall is coming to The Packing District in College Park at Princeton Street & Orange Blossom Trail. It will be housed inside a former 1930s warehouse originally used as an orange crate factory called Great Southern Box Company. The food hall, named Southern Box Food Hall, will feature an elevated outdoor plaza with shaded green space and additional seating for guests. Expected completion date is November 2021 according to the project's website.

Rendering courtesy Bumby Arcade Food Hall

Bumby Arcade Food Hall - Downtown Orlando is getting a food hall inside one of the City’s oldest buildings thanks to Lincoln Property Company. When complete, the space will have 15 quick service restaurant booths, 3 bars, and one large high end restaurant space. It will serve as the main food hub for Tower One and Tower Two of the Church Street Station project as well as the entire Central Business District. The opening target is Quarter 3 of 2020. 116 W Church Street

4. South Orange Provisions Food Hall - A 10,000 SF food hall is in the works for the downtown core called South Orange Provisions. It will contain up to 9 food stalls fully built out by the Landlord. Seating will be available inside and outside according to currently-available renderings. The stalls will be located just off the great entry hall on one side and contain access to the outdoor courtyard on the other side. 200 S. Orange Avenue

5. Gatlin Food Hall - A 4,000 sq ft food hall and brewery is coming to a shopping center in Edgewood just south of Downtown called Gatlin Hall. The new food hall will feature Swine & Sons, The Local Butcher, Da Kine Poke, an as-yet-unnamed pizza concept, Gatlin Hall Brewing, and a 4,000 sq ft outdoor biergarten. The food hall is named after a fort in Orlando built in 1838 during the Second Seminole War which itself was named after Dr. John S. Gatlin. 4761 S Orange Ave

6. The Packing Plant - A 40,000 sq ft former citrus packing plant in Winter Garden will go through adaptive reuse starting this year and come out the other end as a dedicated space for artisanal food and eateries, retail, art, community meeting space, and office space. It's a 27 minute drive from downtown Orlando. 1061 Tildenville School Road

7. Hamlin Market - A 26,000 sq ft market offering a collection of dining and retail options, a rooftop bar, and outdoor seating along Lake Hancock was announced in late 2018 for the Hamlin development in Horizons West. The market will be located adjacent to Cinépolis in the Lake District. Construction is expected to begin in 2019. 14111 Shoreside Way

8.Henry's Depot - Originally called First Street Market, this food hall will open inside a former train depot built in 1940 in the Downtown Commercial Historic District. The rear portion of the building has been reserved for large bar area called The Basin, which has already opened. The front food hall portion of the building will eventually feature Dixie Dharma vegan-inspired food, Grain & Ember pizza, Greenery Creamery ice cream, and Salvatore's Prime Sandwiches. 212 W. 1st Street, Sanford

9. The Food Factory - Michael Collard Properties, Inc is developing a 14,500 sq ft food hall called The Food Factory within Oviedo on the Park containing eight micro restaurants (800 sq ft each), a 2,400 sq ft craft cocktail bar called The Factory Bar. Seating will be available in of the each restaurant spaces, at the bar, and outside under a covered seating area. They've announced 6 of the 8 restaurants: Dixie Dharma, Kai Asian Street Fare, Poke Kai, The Steak Brazilian Barbeque, Grain & Ember Pizza, and Rockstar Lobster. Opening is planned for early 2020. The food hall will overlook City Plaza Way, Oviedo on the Park’s main artery to Center Lake Park.

10. Gourmet Market - A 20-restaurant 30,000 sq ft food hall is coming in 2020 to a large-scale development billed as the "first luxury branded development in Central Florida" called Magic Place. The food hall, a 27 minute drive from downtown Orlando, will not have any chain restaurants. The Kissimmee development will have 1,850 luxury condo units in 10 residential towers, 250,000 sq ft of Retail, 25,000 square feet of office space. 5500 U.S. 192

11. Wheelhouse Market - The food court at the base of the Orlando Eye has been turned into Wheelhouse Market food hall by its owners ICON Park and the owner of Winter Park's Sausage Shack. According to Fox 35, "andouille sausage, bangers and mash, acai bowls, cupcakes, pizza, and Latin-inspired fare" will be served.

12. Primera Towers Food Hall - A 10,000 SF food hall in is in the works for the lucky office workers in the Primera Towers office complex (Website) at 615 Crescent Executive Court (MAP) in Lake Mary according to Growthspotter (Paywall). The owner of the five class A office buildings and the property they're built on, Parmenter Realty Partners (Website), is in talks with a retail developer for the food hall project. No opening date or restaurant names have been announced.

13. Marketplace at Avalon Park - The facility will be 8,000 SF and include 10 eatery bays, general store, bar, gathering kitchen, commissary kitchen, life entertainment and event space. It will be located at 3801 Avalon Park East Boulevard.

Orlando Area Food Halls Open for Business:

1. East End Market - This two story market with three restaurants, coffee shop, bread shop, cookie shop, large outdoor seating area and anchor restaurant tenant Domu, kickstarted the local restaurant and food movement in Orlando. There's also a selection of plants, greeting cards and mens leather goods. 3201 Corrine Dr., Orlando

2. Boxi Park at Lake Nona - Lake Nona Land Company got a temporary use permit to allow the development of an open-air food, entertainment, and recreation venue. 18 repurposed shipping containers feature outdoor counter-serve restaurants, bars, candy shops, and retail/shopping. The space also features a stage with live music, dog park, kids recreation area and other mobile food vendors. 6877 Tavistock Lakes Blvd

3. Plant Street Market - 20 vendors including food, coffee, butcher, clothing, honey, 2 restaurants and a brewery. A quick drive to Winter Garden is rewarded with a relaxing time indoors or out. Go on the weekend to catch the farmers market. 426 W. Plant St., Winter Garden

4. The Local Butcher - When Swine & Sons moved from their original location at 595 W Fairbanks Ave, they joined Da Kine Poke and The Local Butcher inside a building a block away at 669 N Orange Ave in Winter Park, creating a modest food hall type set up. The space has a shared seating area. 669 N Orange Ave, Winter Park

Orlando Area Food Halls Worth the Drive:

1. Heights Public Market - The 22,000 sq-ft industrial market features an open floor plan with communal seating surrounded by restaurants showcasing the top chefs and restaurateurs in the Bay Area. Heights Public Market also includes a “Show + Tell” private room that for cooking classes, wine tastings and pop-up dinners in collaboration with market tenants. 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa

2. The Hall on Franklin in Tampa - This self-described "full Service food hall" contains seven local food concepts set up for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour and late night. It features a walk-up coffee & tea bar and remote work spaces during the day. 1701 N Franklin St, Tampa.

Orlando Area Food Halls That Never Were:

1. Maitland: Spindrift Food Hall - This was supposed to be a 6,756 sq ft concept with 6 food stalls and one restaurant inside Maitland City Centre. 640 S. Orlando Ave. The team behind the project backed out of prior to build out.

2. Artegon Marketplace's Eat Street Food Hall - The name was to be Eat Street Marketplace. It was announced that it would have 27,300 sq ft of food vendors, tasting stations, culinary retail and a cooking school, all in a marketplace environment. The mall closed before this project ever began construction. 5250 International Drive.

3. Downtown Food Hall - On June 22, 2016 we wrote about a rumored food hall coming to Creative Village after we attended a City of Orlando food industry brainstorm session and it was shard that a food hall was in the works for the Creative Village. Two weeks later downtown developer Craig Ustler revealed that he was building the food hall in one of his apartment buildings in Creative Village. Orlando Weekly says Ustler said the space will be "food hall like." In January 2020 we reached out to Ustler for an update on the project and he informed The Daily City the food hall would not be moving forward.

Orlando Area Food Halls That Closed:

1. Market on Magnolia - Located in downtown Orlando, the facility contained three food vendors and a full bar with 40 draft beers, craft cocktails and wine. It opened with Da Kine Poke, Gnarly Barley, and Sauce'd Wood Fired Pizza, with Gnarly Barley getting replaced by That Noodle Spot July 2018. 150 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando