Robert Montwaid, founder and creator of Gansevoort Market in New York City and Chattahoochee Food Works in Atlanta, will create an expansive food hall covering 25,000 square feet of space, plus an additional 4,000-square-foot rooftop bar in Detroit’s Eastern Market District.
Located at 3500 Riopelle St. in the former Detroit Water Department building, now named The Mosaic at Eastern Market, the food hall is slated to open in 2023 in partnership with Detroit-based Ventra Group and Halcor Developers.
“Eastern Market is the one place in Detroit that brings people from throughout the region to the same place each week, and we expect to offer something special in this area that our guests have never seen before,” says Montwaid. “We think this is the perfect location for a family-friendly food hall that will feature talented small and independents chefs from the local Detroit area and the region.”
The six-acre site will be redeveloped into a unique destination that will enhance the existing spirit of the historic Eastern Market core. In addition, the property will provide a culinary and retail destination for nearby residents and visitors from throughout the region. With the food hall slated to open first, the rest of the $33 million development is expected to be completed in 2024.
Montwaid is known for creating food hall concepts that adopt the character of their chosen cities and neighborhoods. He transforms substantial warehouse buildings into hip and welcoming venues for multiple small and independent business owners to lease stall spaces for culinary or retail market concepts.
His creative visions include welcoming, family-friendly atmospheres with ample public seating, large indoor and outdoor event space, and curated bar and lounge areas. He is also known for incorporating artistic elements into his projects by intermixing murals and innovative video technology.
The food hall is the first tenant at the 100,000-square-foot Mosaic at Eastern Market. The open-concept format of the Mosaic will feature custom-designed spaces for tenants, 30-foot ceilings, mezzanines, and a meandering corridor that will lead visitors through restaurant offerings, interactive maker spaces, local food-related retailers, and a creative office component supported by approximately two acres of onsite parking.