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Transfer Co. Food Hall delays opening, but announces a blockbuster list of new vendors

Transfer Co. Food Hall located at 500 E. Davie St., Aug. 29, 2018.
Transfer Co. Food Hall located at 500 E. Davie St., Aug. 29, 2018. jleonard@newsobserver.com

The food hall war is heating up in downtown Raleigh.

Transfer Co. Food Hall announced Monday a half-dozen new vendors and restaurants to join the project at 500 E. Davie St. The food hall, one of four opening in the Triangle over the span of a year, has redeveloped the 50,000-square-feet of the former Stone’s Warehouse and Carolina Coach maintenance shop.

Owners also announced the food hall will open in early 2019, a delay from a previously projected opening this summer or fall.

Owner Jason Queen said the renovation ran into construction setbacks.

Transfer Co. has been in the works for five years, winning development and purchasing rights from the city in 2014.

When it opens, it will include one of the state’s best breweries, also announced earlier Monday, and several new restaurant concepts.

Previously, Locals Oyster Bar, Videri Chocoate, Che Empanadas were confirmed vendors in Transfer Co. Locals Seafood is opening a bar with the folks from Person Street Bar, and Videri is moving its wholesale chocolate-making to a new factory in Transfer, keeping the original Warehouse District spot for retail.

Joining them will be:

Benchwarmers Bagels: We knew there would be collaboration between Jubala Coffee and Boulted bread, but now we know it will be wood-fired bagels.

Burial Beer Co.: A taproom-only operation from one of the Asheville brewery, one of the state’s best.

Chhote’s: An Indian Street food concept from Anson Fernandes, owner of Cary’s Biryani Maxx in Cary.

Captain Cookie and the Milkman: Homemade cookies and ice cream sandwiches

Dank Burrito: A Raleigh location for Beaufort and Morehead City’s popular burrito, bowl and taco restaurant from Clarke Merrill.

Falafel & Co.: Serving Palestinian cuisine, including falafel, pita, dips and salads.

Sushinara: An Izakaya serving Japanese street food and sushi from Chef Jae Lee.

Sweet Peas Urban Gardens: Growing microgreens and vegetable shoots.

A tortilleria and taco project from Centro and Gallo Pelon owner Angela Salamanca has left the Transfer Co. food hall, Queen said.

The vendor announcement comes one week after the opening of Morgan Street Food Hall, on the other end of downtown Raleigh. Blue Dogwood Public Market opened this summer in Chapel Hill and Durham Food Hall is aiming to open by the end of the year.

Transfer Co. still has a few spots open. A small 670-square-foot vendor space has yet to be signed, as well as a 4,500-square-foot anchor restaurant space. There’s a separate 15,000-square-foot commercial building currently under construction next to the food hall, which had been planned as a Raleigh location of the Saxapahaw General Store. Transfer officials said the grocer has not been confirmed.

Queen said renovations are complete on the shell of Transfer and that it’s been handed over to the vendors for their own build outs.

“Transfer Co. will reconnect the city with downtown’s historic Old East neighborhood through the shared celebration of local food, knowledge and community,” said Queen said in a release. “As a walkable destination, the food hall fosters connection and collaboration while servicing the food needs of our growing downtown with an innovative approach. We carefully curated our tenants, some of the best in the nation, and we are humbled to be a part of something so special.”

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