A large food hall with space for restaurants, market vendors and hundreds of diners is being planned for a warehouse near Surly Brewing Co. in east Minneapolis.
Patricia and John Wall are working on the project, tentatively named Harris Food Hall. It's part of a larger redevelopment of nearly 20 acres in the Prospect Park neighborhood, dubbed Malcolm Yards, that would include space for retail, offices and a rock-climbing facility.
It's a big change in strategy for owner Wall Development Co., which for more than a decade had planned to redevelop the land into a research park linked to the nearby University of Minnesota. That idea never got off the ground, but the success of Surly Brewing (located just across Malcolm Avenue) convinced the Walls that a new approach could work.
"My heart still likes the [research] idea, but apparently nobody else did so we shifted," John Wall said.
Plans for the Food Hall call for renovating the Harris Machinery building to create over 16,000 square feet of space, room enough for a 4,000-square-foot anchor restaurant and a food market with eight to 10 vendors.