Get ready for it. The old Shed 2 has a new name, a new lease on life and a bunch of new businesses that will soon be opening. Dubbed "The Market," the new facility will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and officially open for business on December 11. That date has been set even though a significant amount of construction is still underway.
Shed 1, meanwhile, will simply be known as "The Shed," and will continue to offer fresh produce from a number of local farmers and vendors.
Last month we looked at 10 reasons customers should be excited to check out the new space, and the number of businesses has since grown. More than 20 are now listed among the soon-to-be-open restaurants and shops, in an area that has been desperate for lunch and shopping options for nearly two years.
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The current list includes:
Rex’s Seafood at The Market: a hip take on the Lovers Lane location of Rex's with a large selection of fresh seafood, shellfish and oysters to eat onsite or take home
Taqueria La Ventana: A new location of Firebird Restaurant Group's popular taqueria featuring hand-made tortillas
Stocks & Bondy: Fresh stocks and signature sauces for home cooks looking to save some time but not sacrifice flavor, along with soups and sandwiches for takeout
Nammi/Coolhaus: Awesome banh mi sandwiches and Vietnamese fusion fare sold with gourmet ice cream sandwiches
Palmieri Cafe: Italian coffee shop offering fresh pastries, gelato and Italian coffees
Mudhen: Shannon Wynne's latest restaurant, which will feature "meat and greens" interpreted by chef Jennifer "Suki" Otsuki. Mudhen will also feature a beer garden
Bellatrino Neapolitan Pizzaria & Cucina: Neapolitan-style pizza and Italian dishes
Cajun Tailgators: Cajun food truck turned fixed restaurant cooking up jambalaya, gumbo and red beans and rice
La Popular: Tamales, tamales and more tamales plus breakfast tacos and other Mexican dishes
Laili: A California-based fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant
Scardello Artisan Cheese: Dallas' favorite cheese shop, now with easier parking
Si Tapas: Spanish cuisine to include hot and cold tapas, Spanish cheese plates, cured meats, soups and paellas
Caribbean Cabana: Authentic island cuisine originating from several Caribbean islands. Jerk chicken will soon be available downtown!
Betty’s Blue Ribbon Fare: State Fair of Texas-winning jams, preserves and marmalades, for those who need their fair fix year-round
Chombos: Dallas-based Southern comfort food restaurant
Chelles Macarons: Handcrafted French macarons in assorted flavors
Doc Popcorn: National concept with a few locations in Dallas offering more than a dozen flavors of popcorn, kettle corn and caramel corn
Market Provisions Co. A new concept from nonprofit organization GROW North Texas. The group works with local farmers and beyond to increase access to local produce and healthy foods in challenged areas.
There are more businesses and specialty shops, from T-shirt printers Bullzerk (their first location recently opened on Greenville Avenue) to candle sellers, soap makers and more. The various shops, coupled with communal tables and additional seating on a patio should give the space an eclectic open market feel.
The Market renovation project started shortly after DF Market Holdings LLC took over the space in 2013 and should be complete early next year. Final renovations including a parking garage and a mixed-use complex with lofts and retail space won't be finished till 2017.