It seems like food halls and upscale food markets are popping up everywhere: Even Anthony Bourdain is getting in on the trend (his food market/hawker center will be opening in 2017). Now Middle America no longer has to miss out.The Midwest’s first food hall is opening this fall in Omaha, Nebraska, featuring outposts of dozens of local, popular eateries like Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob, (serving their ever-popular curry fries), and Weirdough Pizza Co., serving focaccia-style pizza by the slice. Flagship Commons, owned by Flagship Restaurant Group, which operates several restaurants in the area, will open later this fall inside Westroads Mall on California Street.
“We moved forward with this project because of the food hall movement going on, and as a restaurant group we see ourselves as concept innovators,” COO and co-owner of Flagship Restaurant Group, Anthony Gentile told The Daily Meal. “It seemed like a great opportunity as well as the perfect chance for Flagship Restaurant Group to explore more in the fast casual sector. And we were excited at the opportunity to offer another really cool project for all our guests who have supported us over the years in Omaha.”
Other attractions inside the food hall include a full-service bar and lounge with an oversized fireplace and comfortable seating. There will also be several new restaurant concepts like Yum Roll, featuring “yum bowls” and a full-service sushi bar; Yoshi-Ya Ramen, Omaha’s first authentic ramen shop; and Juan Taco, serving food truck-style tacos.