You know the drill: Boston’s obsessed with food halls right now. As it’s getting harder for independent operators to open up standalone restaurants due to rent and a million other factors, maybe this is a good opportunity for newbies to get a foot in the door with relatively low rent and access to a liquor license. Or maybe Boston will be overrun by food halls and will eventually sink into the ocean under their weight.
Like it or not, they’re coming. Several are on the way for 2020, and several more beyond. Keep track of it all with this guide, which is updated periodically, and get a quick overview of the expected 2020 openings below:
Another historic and gigantic space, another food hall. Sort of. The Beat plans to open in the former Boston Globe headquarters on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, where it will feature up to 25,000 square feet for retail and restaurant space, possibly including a 100-seat restaurant, a microbrewery, and/or a beer garden, as well as a food hall-style atrium. The development’s other 695,000 square feet will be dedicated to tech and office space. No vendors have yet announced their intent to open in the Beat, and details are somewhat scarce overall, but some distinctive signage went up in late 2019, and construction is moving along. It’s one of quite a few potential 2020 openings happening in Dorchester; check out the Spotlight on Dorchester section below for more information. 135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester, Boston. Anticipated opening timeline: Spring 2020.
High Street Place
Several vendors have already been mentioned above — Daiquiris & Daisies, Haley Jane, Wheelhouse, and Tenderoni’s. Overall, this downtown Boston food hall will feature around 20 food and beverage vendors, and the roster also includes a local juice shop chain, Mother Juice; a Somerville shop known for its porchetta sandwich, Pennypacker’s; a popular sandwich shop from Bay Village, Mike & Patty’s; and more. 100 High St., downtown Boston. Anticipated opening timeline: March 2020.
Hub Hall at the Hub on Causeway
Apizza, mentioned above, is one of Hub Hall’s 18 planned vendors; others include old-school Boston icons Mike’s Pastry, Monica’s Mercato, and Sullivan’s, as well as newer local spots like the Smoke Shop BBQ, Greco, and Cusser’s Roast Beef. Hub Hall is part of the larger Hub on Causeway development, which includes office, hotel, and residential space. There are also several other dining options open or coming soon at the development, not part of Hub Hall, including Guy Fieri’s first Boston restaurant and a cocktail bar called Sound Advice. 80 Causeway St., West End, Boston. Anticipated opening timeline: Early 2020.
As mentioned in the Boozy Boston section above, Notch Brewing is the first announced vendor for the Speedway, which isn’t explicitly a food hall, but it will fill much the same niche. Built on the site of the former Charles River Speedway Headquarters administration buildings — with certain historic elements preserved — the Speedway will be home to multiple food vendors, a full-service restaurant, and the aforementioned brewery and taproom, as well as event and office space, a large courtyard, and small retail shops featuring local makers. 525 Western Ave., Brighton, Boston. Anticipated opening timeline: Summer 2020.