February 8, 2018

Food & Wine: Where There Were No Food Halls, Tampa Suddenly Has Two

Mural outside The Hall with girl sipping açaí smoothie


We love the recognition that the Tampa Heights community gets in Food & Wine. We couldn’t ask for a better community, the support that we get is truly humbling:

When The Hall on Franklin, an ambitious sit-down service food hall opened up last fall in the up-and-coming Tampa Heights neighborhood of—you guessed it—Tampa, everyone around here went a little bit crazy, in a good way.

In a slightly more refined environment than one might expect from the wildly-popular genre, you had a talented chef doing poke bowls, a master mixologist behind the bar, the couple behind a popular local restaurant doing casual bites, and all kinds of other things that made it awfully hard to not stop by to see what the fuss was all about.

A lot of people did stop by, and they’re still going—a lot has happened on the local food scene of late, but The Hall felt like one of its biggest recent successes.

And then, déjà vu, a few months later, it happened all over again. Just seven minutes away on foot, in the same neighborhood, the hotly anticipated Heights Public Market, a 22,000-square-foot food hall that’s part of an ambitious mixed-use redevelopment right along the Hillsborough River, has just made its debut.


Food & Wine: Where There Were No Food Halls, Tampa Suddenly Has Two