There have been rumors and speculation regarding a potential "food court" development coming to the BullStreet District. Although the terminology was a bit off, the rumor was in fact, true.
It was officially announced Monday morning that Sanctuary Food Hall, a new food and beverage concept slated for the historic Chapel of Hope building, will be coming to the BullStreet District. Project officials are seeking local food and beverage businesses to join its collection of eateries.
Sanctuary Food Hall will provide a vibrant, centrally-located space where regional and local food and beverage businesses can thrive - from food truck owners looking for their first brick and mortar spot, to restaurants wanting an affordable downtown location.
The 19,000 sq.-ft. facility will have space for roughly 15 to 20 vendors of various sizes, from micro-enterprises to full-service restaurants and bars. There will be an outdoor green for dining, live music, events and gatherings.
The mezzanine in the Chapel is slated to be available for private events and/or community seating.
The project is headed up by Creative Culinary Ventures, LLC, in Atlanta. It's developed by Marietta Square Market Food Hall, just outside of Atlanta.
“Based on our experience developing Marietta Square Market Food Hall, we know that a concept like this creates opportunities for locals to connect with smaller, distinctive food and beverage vendors who might not otherwise have a formal location,” said Ed Lee, founder of Creative Culinary Ventures. “It also creates an opportunity for expansion for existing full-service restaurants in a prime downtown district.”
The Chapel of Hope building is located in the center of the BullStreet District's 120,000 sq.-ft. retail development, situated on Pickens Street near Segra Park. It will accompany other recently-announced projects like the Bennet at BullStreet luxury apartments.
Guests of the Sanctuary Food Hall will be able to park in the new parking deck, currently under construction steps away, or use surface parking adjacent to the food hall and throughout the district.
“What we envision is an assortment of eateries that offer a wide variety of food and drink options, spanning many food cultures that reflect Columbia’s remarkable diversity,” Lee said. “Patrons will be able to pop in for a quick bite or make it a full-blown culinary experience by meeting up with friends and family and sampling dishes from multiple vendors."
The project's targeted opening date is in 2023. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor should visit sanctuaryfoodhall.com.