Detroit's forthcoming shipping container food hall, Detroit ShipYard, is headed for the Cass Corridor. DBusiness reports that the developers have acquired a site on Peterboro Street next to the complex that houses The Peterboro and 8 Degrees Plato Detroit. The 8,000-square-foot project will feature a 4,000-square-foot food hall with communal seating, two bars, and approximately five small-scale restaurant spaces. The owners plan to operate the bars themselves and rent the restaurant space to area food businesses. The remaining 4,000-square-feet will serve as a stage for live performances with a retractable vinyl roof and a pop-up gallery.
Co-CEO Jonathan Hartzell says Detroit ShipYard is continuing to make connections with area restaurants to find concepts that might take up residence in the building. "I'm looking for owner/operators who can transition with their food seasonally, and as trends change, they'll pick and choose different [menu items]," Hartzell says. Detroit ShipYard is optimistically aiming for a July opening.
Food halls are becoming increasingly popular across the country, acting as central hubs for a variety of cuisines. Detroit ShipYard isn't the only food hall project coming to Detroit. In October, local real estate group proposed redeveloping a vacant building near Lafayette Park and Eastern Market for Busy Bee Food Hall. That project would offer space for 12 food vendors, including two full-scale restaurants.