RIVERSIDE – The proposed plans for an innovative new Artisanal, Organic, Handcrafted downtown Riverside food hall were submitted last week following the Mess Hall on Market project approval. The applicants describe the project as “a culinary showcase that connects Riverside’s agricultural roots with the latest trends in foodie culture”
This project is expected to bring 14 independent eateries, experimental menus, food-theme events, cooking demonstrations, guest chefs and live entertainment to downtown Riverside. The Mess Hall on Market, according to Riverside Food Hall LP, will specialize in locally grown, artisanal, organic, and handcrafted foods with communal tables both inside and outside.
The location will be at 3605 Market Street at the Fox Performing Arts Center, near the Fox Theater. “Arteco Partners has done extensive market research and is very confident in the viability of the proposed urban food court plan,” said Jerry Tessier, President of Arteco Partners, developers of the successful Claremont Packing House. “Downtown Riverside, given all the current and planned developments – from the Fox Performing Arts Center to the coming Imperial Hardware Lofts project — is the right venue for this type of niche development.”
The long-term lease was approved by the City Council on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Riverside Food Hall LP will occupy around 15,500 square feet, which includes the restaurant, storage, and dining space. Approximately 2500 square feet of outdoor space will be available for those choosing to dine outdoors. Each space should be anywhere from 150-900 square feet. A parking garage with nearly 400 spaces is in the project design. The design also includes outdoor fireplaces and public art. The Mess Hall is expected to operate 24 hours per day, 7 days a week for attracting patrons for all meals or even a late-night snack.
“This project promises to inject a new level of vitality into downtown Riverside,” said City Councilman Mike Gardner, who represents the area. “From the variety of foods to the embracing of local agriculture, which is growing as a result of the Grow Riverside movement, this project is a great fit for our growing entertainment hub downtown.”
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