[Renderings: Jane Kim Design]
The once-sleepy Mission Bay has been seeing a lot more food traffic since the expansion of UCSF's medical buildings and burgeoning condo development. Now, Los Angeles restaurateur Tony Riviera is bringing a food outlet for all those new hungry mouths in the form of The Market Hall, a massive upscale grocery and restaurant concept that will be housed at the base of the Channel Mission Bay
condo apartment development.
Conceived as a grocery and specialty foods emporium with a strong prepared foods focus à la Eataly or Dean & DeLuca, The Market Hall will be composed of 10,000 square feet spanning fresh meat, poultry, seafood and locally sourced produce, plus cheese, charcuterie and retail beer and wine. Prepared foods will include sushi, rotisserie chicken on a vertical spit, a large hot case and more. "Supporting local artisan businesses, Northern California farms and local wineries and breweries is our number one priority," he told us, "along with providing our customers the absolute best quality products at reasonable prices."
Riviera will also be the executive chef of a 60-seat full-service restaurant component, featuring pizza, pasta, oysters and small plates along with a beer and wine offering and espresso bar. He's planning to serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night options out of the new space.
The project is designed by Seattle's Chesmore Buck Architects with interiors by NYC's Jane Kim, who has put together a clean and airy design for the spacious project (Lara Martinez and Daniela Amelunge, two Academy of Art design students, won internships with the team after presenting their ideas in a Market Hall design competition). Riviera has also brought on board Gina Marie Clemen, formerly of Dean & Deluca in Napa and NYC, to serve as general manager of the new spot.
It's a big enterprise, and it's not the only one: though San Francisco's store will be the flagship, Riviera is also currently working on locations in San Diego, Seattle and Dallas. For this location, Riviera is targeting an opening date around Labor Day: we'll keep you posted with updates.