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New North Loop food hall is officially underway

Rendering from February 2018 Derived Development Group

Sick of hearing about food halls yet?

The Business Journal reports that five-sixths of the kitchen openings have been filled, with local chefs behind ’em—though spokespeople couldn’t say which locals, yet. Of course, there’s nothing to stop you from speculating wildly about who might be responsible for the confirmed concepts: an empanada and churro place, a taco eatery, a poke/ramen concept, a southern food restaurant, and a smoked meats stop.

Graze will be almost exactly as it was billed in February 2018, according to the Biz Journal: a two-story operation with two bars, two dining spaces, and a coffee shop. Outside, you’ll find a walk-up outdoor window leading to that coffee shop, plus a sizable patio and shared outdoor space that’s open to all.

Graze’s North Loop location—the intersection of Fourth Street North and Fifth Avenue North—could help make it a real hit. There aren’t a wealth of breakfast and lunch options for folks in that area, and this could fix that.

Something else that sets it apart from the ever-growing number of food halls? Here, it’s no shopping, all chefs.

“One of the differentiating points between us and other food halls and marketplaces is that we don’t have any retail components or shops in the space … It’s different from Keg & CaseMalcolm Yards and the Dayton’s Project,” Greg Cuda, a partner with Derived Development Group, told the Business Journal. “These are all much larger footprints with mixed-use retail and other components.”

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