Thousands of foodies from Raleigh and beyond have been waiting with baited breath for the all-new Morgan Street Food Hall to open; a highly anticipated urban dining destination in Downtown Raleigh, a couple of years in the making. It seems like the delays have been endless. Some even began doubting its existence about a year ago! However, the 919 Blog crew has the inside scoop. We have been there, and we can confirm that the Morgan Street Food Hall will be well worth the wait! The 100-year-old historic building housing the food hall, inside and out, looks almost ready for action.
MSFH is a new lifestyle dining concept; not to be confused with a food court. It features local eateries and restaurants as well as local food retailers. The indoor and outdoor combined seating capacity will accommodate over 300 people. Morgan Street Food Hall introduces the concept of cross meal ordering, where different meals are enjoyed in a shared seating area.
The Food Hall is a 20,000+ square foot venue with over two dozen restaurants and retailers. It also features event programming options. The Food Hall is at the heart of downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District and adjacent to the newly opened Union Station, the 17-story Dillon mixed-use development, and Citrix. Hundreds of employees will be working in the new space once it officially opens later in August.
There are still two kitchen spaces available at the Morgan Food Hall for those interested in being featured in one of the hottest new dining destinations in Raleigh. One is a shipping container, and the other is inside the hall. They also have additional room for retail vendors on shelves and carts. Dining vendors and retail vendors can apply directly on the official website.
“ We are very appreciative that the Raleigh community has been patient with us as we open the city’s first food hall,” said Niall Hanley, president of Raleigh based Hibernian Hospitality Group and the mastermind behind the MSFH. “ This is no small project and renovating a historic building to house 20 separate culinary concepts is a complicated endeavor… We’re eager to open the Morgan Street Food Hall and start welcoming guests in the next couple of weeks! ”
Hanley’s company also operates some of the most popular food n’ drink establishments in all of Raleigh, which include the Raleigh Beer Garden, Watts & Ward Cocktail Bar, two Hibernian Irish Pub locations — in Downtown Raleigh and North Raleigh, Solas Entertainment Complex, The Station Restaurant, and XoCo Mexican Grill and Bar. MSFH will be the 7th Downtown Raleigh based business for Niall Hanley and his company.
The Food at Morgan Food Hall
Several of the Triangle’s most popular food trucks will have permanent spots at the Morgan Street Food Hall, most notably, Cousins Maine Lobster and Oak City Fish and Chips. Chasing food trucks is fun, but it’s also nice knowing that if I am craving a lobster roll, I know exactly where I can snag one right there and then.. and the best part, they never run out of the goodness!
When you walk into the food hall, there is so much awesomeness going on, it can be difficult to know where to start. Right near the entrance is Sassool Select and Ilya’s Southern Kitchen. Just a short walk away is Cocoa Forte, Boba Brew, and The Arbor, a large bar area where you can enjoy wine, beer, and other libations while you make the difficult decision as to what kind of food you will be eating. Trust me, it will be tough. You may need a beer or two before making your final decision!
The Drinks at Morgan Food Hall
The Morgan Street Food Hall will be home to two bars on-site — The Arbor, an indoor/outdoor bar and Aunt Betty’s, a gin bar serving up craft cocktails. Aunt Betty’s wasn’t quite ready for the preview, but we are looking forward to gin-forward craft cocktails. Can’t have enough of those, right?
After dining and drinking, how about doing a little shopping? Morgan Street Food Hall is also home to a small retail space and local vendors. Purchase fresh flowers, locally made chocolates, baked goods, candles, and more locally produced goodies!
” The first of its kind in Raleigh, the Morgan Street Food Hall will feature 20 culinary concepts ensconced in fully-outfitted spaces offering cooked-to-order meals and snacks, two shipping containers, five kiosks offering specialty foods like crepes, Thai rolled ice cream and bubble tea, as well as specialized retail carts selling packaged food and culinary-related items. The food hall will also house two bars…
The Looooong Wait
Morgan Street Food Hall hosted an invitation-only preview event in early July, and while everything looked like it was good to go, apparently, that wasn’t the case. Adding to the seemingly unending delay, it was recently announced that the planned late July grand opening simply wasn’t going to happen a week later. The opening date has been pushed back to sometime in August. This is a complex project, and we certainly understand that a space with 20 culinary kitchens is going to be challenging.
That being said, we hope Morgan Street Food Hall opens soon. The Triangle is clearly ready for it! But the good news is, we are almost there. Literally.
About Hibernian Hospitality Group
Hibernian Hospitality Group is a well-established restaurant ownership group based in Raleigh, NC. The 15+ year legacy of excellence in the restaurant and entertainment industry is evident with every location and concept executed throughout the Greater Raleigh area. Award-winning Irish Pubs, benchmark nightlife destinations, and high-quality concepts are the calling card of Niall Hanley’s hospitality group.
The group’s 50+ combined years of operational knowledge is the foundation for the company’s track record. Currently, there are 2 locations of the Hibernian Irish Pub & Restaurant, Xoco, The Station on Person St. and downtown Raleigh’s benchmark nightclub/event space Solas. The company’s next endeavor rewrote the record books as the Hibernian Hospitality Group unveiled the world’s largest draft beer selection in the Raleigh Beer Garden in the summer of 2015.
Watts & Ward, a craft cocktail speakeasy, opened in the spring of 2017, followed by the much anticipated Morgan Street Food Hall & Market which is slated to open in the summer of 2018.
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This post was created in collaboration with the Downtown Raleigh Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN