Our neighbor, The Market, is pressing forward with their plans to expand their popular Mid-Market venue. The news was covered in a recent sfchronicle.com article.

The article states that Market owner, Chris Foley, said "an expansion of the food hall at 1355 Market St. will continue into an adjacent space and there’s interest from new food vendors. He said he thinks hungry shoppers will largely return after the pandemic is over, potentially by next year."

There are even plans for the ramen shop, Mensho Tokyo, to open in the popular and convenient location.

Times are changing as well as how restaurants are doing business. From the article:

“I think post-pandemic, we’re going to build more of these things,” Foley said of food halls. Vendors will need just a few employees and could prepare food off-site in existing industrial kitchens, saving substantial money compared with opening a full-service restaurant, he said.

Laurie Thomas, executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, San Francisco’s restaurant industry group, said casual service in a food hall makes sense. A major new food hall in Castro Valley opened this month despite the pandemic.

“It’s probably more viable as a business model. It’s a smaller footprint so you have fewer employees,” she said.

You can read the entire article here.

image credit: visitthemarket.com

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