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Dallas Farmers Market unveils indoor pavilion in nick of time for holidays

Dallas Farmers Market unveils indoor pavilion in time for holidays

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The Dallas Farmers Market celebrates a major milestone in its ongoing renovation. Wikipedia/drumguy8800

The Dallas Farmers Market celebrates another big step in its ongoing revitalization with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly renovated space called The Market on December 11.

The Market is the indoor pavilion that was formerly known as Shed 2. It will eventually house local restaurateurs, small business owners, and artisans, providing a destination for downtown residents, shoppers, and tourists. The Market will have a new interior design, multiple indoor seating areas, and new patio seating. Regular operating hours will be 10 am-6 pm, with some merchants opening earlier or staying open later.

Vendors will eventually include Taqueria La Ventana, Rex’s Seafood at The Market, Stocks & Bondy, Nammi/Coolhaus, Scardello Artisan Cheese, Dallas Antique Company, Doc Popcorn, La Popular, Palmieri Cafe, Si Tapas, Boom Juice, Abundantly Aromatic, Caribbean Cabana, Chelles Macarons, and San Miguel Exporta.

New concepts making their debut at The Market include Chombos, Bellatrino Neapolitan Pizzeria & Cucina, Bullzerk, Betty’s Blue Ribbon Fare, Market Provisions Co., Laili, and Cajun Tailgators.

A majority of The Market’s tenants will open on December 11, but some concepts are not yet finished. Mudhen, the freestanding restaurant and beer garden from restaurateur Shannon Wynne, is expected to open in January.

The renovations began in August 2014 and are expected to be complete in early 2016. That means a new space that's fully open and operational, with streetscaping and beautification features.

Final renovations of the Dallas Farmers Market will include a parking garage and a mixed-use complex with lofts and retail space. That's slated for completion in 2017.

The Dallas Farmers Market operates a nighttime wholesale market on Thursday and Sunday evenings from 10 pm-7 am, with approximately 78 metric tons of produce moving through the market each week to fruit stands and restaurants from Oklahoma to Arkansas.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 10 am. Attendees are encouraged to patrol the pavilion and check out the vendors, who'll have goods for sale and sampling.