The long-delayed 3rd Street Market Hall in downtown Milwaukee now has a set opening date: The food hall debuts Friday with food vendors, a full bar, and activities.
“It’s been a long road,” said restaurateur Omar Shaikh, a primary owner along with real estate developers Joshua Krsnak and Tony Janowiec. “It’s quite emotional, but we’re really excited to finally open to the public. We want Milwaukee to be proud of the 3rd Street Market Hall.”
For the opening weekend, the hall is open on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In any case, it will be closed on Mondays through January and will be open from Tuesday according to normal opening hours: 11am-8pm for the dining room and until 9pm for the bar and activities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Opening hours will be extended on Friday and Saturday from January 21st, from 11am to 10pm for the dining room and until 11pm for the bar and activities. Sunday hours remain from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m
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The concourse — at 275 W. Wisconsin Ave., in what had once been the Grand Avenue shopping mall — will open with vendors ranging from bakeries (Mid-Way and Amano Pan) to burgers and custard (Dairyland) and pasta and desserts (Strega ).
Another of the first wave of vendors at the venue’s debut is Hot Dish Pantry, which makes pierogi and hot dishes.
Other vendors will open in the coming weeks, with a dozen or more opening in April. Among them are Middle East Side, which serves Middle Eastern-style sandwiches; Make Waves, for smoothies, juices and acai bowls; Greenhouse, for sandwiches, soups and salads; Strange Town Bottle Shop and natural wine bar, offering vegan take-out products; Anytime Arepa, which serves Venezuelan sandwiches; Supernova, for coffee and donuts; hot dog vendor Dawg City; Kawa Ramen and Sushi; and Paperplane Pizza.
Activities include a Topgolf Swing Suite; shuffleboard; a games lounge; snookball, a combination of football and billiards; and Giant Jenga, Cornhole, and Giant Battleship, all played on Astroturf.
The hall is located in The Avenue, a development that combines retail space, offices and apartments. The food hall was announced before the pandemic but was plagued by delays caused in part by COVID-19, including supply chain problems.
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