Food Industry

Brickell City Centre to Open 38,000-Square-Foot Italian Food Hall

When Brickell City Centre opens, it will house Miami's first true food hall. 

According to a statement, a 38,000-square-foot Italian indoor food hall will open at Brickell City Centre (67 SW Eighth St., Miami). The massive culinary endeavor will anchor the shopping center located at the base of the 5.4-million-square-foot mixed-use project that combines retail, services, offices, and residences, at a projected cost of $1.05 billion. 

Although details aren't forthcoming, the three-story food hall will feature dine-in, takeout, and restaurant components, including several dining options, each devoted to a different region of Italy. In addition, the food hall will offer fresh produce, imported meats and cheeses, live cooking demos, culinary classes, and wine and food pairings. 

The hall sounds much like the beloved Italian megamarket, Eataly, though it clocks in at slightly smaller than the 50,000-square-foot New York City flagship of the Batali/Bastianich venture. Eataly also has locations in Chicago and is planning operations in Los Angeles and Munich, Germany.

Though the Miami project sounds similar, a rep for Eataly in New York City has confirmed it has nothing to do with the planned hall.

The owners of the Miami food hall have yet to be released, although the unnamed team issued a statement: "We want to bring the tradition and energy of the old world Italian streets and town centers, or piazze, to Miami's urban core, creating a vibrant central destination for the Brickell community and beyond. A food market is the heart and soul of most major Italian cities; now the same will be true here in Miami.”
The food hall joins a host of other notable restaurants, with the fourth floor hosting most of the eateries. A mix of fast-casual and sit-down spots include American Harvest, Big Easy Winebar & Grill, Calissons du Roy René, David's Tea, Dr. Smood, Häagen-Dazs, Luke's Lobster, Pasion del Cielo, Santa Fe, and Taco Chic. Quinto La Huella, Pubbelly Sushi, and the rooftop lounge Sugar will open in the property's East Miami Hotel. 

In addition, Brickell City Centre will house Cinemex, an upscale movie theater chain with a luxury dining and drinking component. Mexico-based Cinemex is the sixth-largest cinema chain in the world, but this is their the company's first U.S. outpost. 

No word when the food hall concept will open, but the retail component is slated to open this fall. 

Though this may be the first Miami food hall to open, numerous other food halls are in the works. Conway Commercial Real Estate and Urban Atlantic Group are planning a 10,000-square-foot hall called the Citadel on Little Haiti’s northern boundary on NE Second Avenue, bringing nearly two dozen food vendors together under one roof. 

All Aboard Florida — the Flagler East Coast Industries subsidiary building a high-speed rail line between Miami and Orlando — is planning a communal dining experience at its main downtown terminal, and Wynwood Arcade will feature Norman Van Aken's culinary school and restaurant, as well as the Salty Donut.
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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