The Dallas Farmers Market is taking a big step on May 6 with the grand opening of The Market, which is being dubbed a "food hall." Formerly known as Shed 2, The Market is a fully renovated indoor space featuring local merchants, artisanal food vendors, and restaurants.
Friday’s celebration kicks off at 2:30 pm with an appearance by Mayor Mike Rawlings and continues into the afternoon with speakers, live music, vendor samples, prizes, and giveaways.
The Market follows the 2014 opening of The Shed, now dedicated to local farmers, and the January 2016 opening of Mudhen, the freestanding restaurant and beer garden from restaurateur Shannon Wynne. Mudhen chef Suki Otsuki's healthful menu highlights fresh, local ingredients from the city and The Shed — exactly the kind of relationship envisioned by operations director Amanda Vanhoozier.
"Our ultimate vision is for The Market and The Shed to have a symbiotic relationship in which The Market's restaurants and food vendors source local produce and artisanal ingredients from farmers in The Shed, much like Mudhen does currently," she says.
Tenant selection was overseen by Jack Gosnell and Sasha Levine of Dallas-based commercial real estate firm CBRE. DF Market Holdings LLC is leading the redevelopment and revitalization efforts.
The Market’s current 21 restaurants, food vendors, and merchants include:
- Abundantly Aromatic: Bath and body soaps, sprays, scrubs, and candles.
- Betty’s Blue Ribbon Fare: State Fair of Texas-winning jams, preserves, and marmalades.
- Bullzerk: Quirky Dallas-themed apparel, posters, art, and gifts, expanding from first location on Lower Greenville.
- Cajun Tailgators: Crawfish étouffée, jambalaya, gumbo, and red beans and rice.
- Caribbean Cabana: Cuisine from different islands in the Caribbean.
- Chelles Macarons: French macarons in assorted flavors.
- Dallas Antique Company: One-of-a-kind antiques, vintage items, and reproductions from European markets.
- Doc Popcorn: National concept offers more than a dozen flavors of popcorn, kettle corn, and caramel corn using non-GMO corn and 100 percent corn oil.
- El Mero Mero Tamalero (formerly La Popular): Tamale house with breakfast tacos and other Mexican favorites.
- Laili: Fast-casual Asian and Mediterranean fare inspired by flavors from the Silk Road.
- Lone Chimney Mercantile (formerly Pop-Up 214): Texas-inspired photography, wooden wall art, handmade jewelry, and furniture.
- Market Provisions Co.: Organic produce and artisanal goods not available at The Shed or only available on weekends from pop-up vendors as well as standard commodity items for nearby neighbors.
- Nammi/Coolhaus: Vietnamese fusion fare and gourmet ice cream sandwiches.
- Palmieri Cafe: Italian coffee shop with sweet and savory pastries, gelato, and Italian coffees.
- Rex’s Seafood at The Market: Fresh seafood, shellfish, oysters, and more for dining in, and a market selling fresh fish and seafood to take home.
- San Miguel Exporta: Mexican imports including tapestries, pottery, and gift items from San Miguel de Allende.
- Scardello Artisan Cheese: Cheese shop focused on local, handcrafted cheeses and tasty accompaniments.
- Si Tapas: Hot and cold tapas, Spanish cheese plates, cured meats, soups, and paellas.
- Stocks & Bondy: Fresh stocks and signature sauces for home cooks, chefs, and caterers, as well as a seasonal menu featuring gourmet soups for diners.
- Taqueria La Ventana: Gourmet tacos, burritos, salads, churros, beers, and margaritas.
Five more tenants are expected to open this summer:
- 920 Bakery: Breads, pastries, and made-to-order sandwiches and salads.
- BellaTrino Neapolitan Pizzeria & Cucina: Neapolitan-style pizza and Italian dishes.
- Chombos: Southern comfort food.
- Noble Rey Brewing Co.: Taproom from local craft brewer, expanding from its Design District location.
- Sno: Gourmet shaved ice.