July 25, 2018 By Tara Law
An Astoria-based developer is rolling out a plan to open a food hall on 31st Street by the holidays.
The hall, which will be located at 34-39 31st, will likely include vendors such as coffee roasters, microbreweries and ethnic eateries, Stephen Lyoshir, president of the developer’s retail and office leasing division, said in an email today.
The developer, Vass Stevens Group, purchased the brick, industrial-style building for $7.5 million in November, according to Building Records. The structure was last occupied by a restaurant supply company, a 99 cent store and a printing store, but was gutted to create an open space with dividers between food vendors.
The space will be divided into eight spaces for the vendors, which will each have their own 2,000 square foot space, Lyoshir said. The company may also potentially divided the areas into smaller spaces to accommodate more businesses, Lyoshir said.
The developer aims to give the space a “clean industrial yet urban boutique feel,” Lyoshir said, although vendors will have flexibility to design their own spaces.
A spokesperson for the company said that Vass Stevens is in already in talks with several vendors, but has not signed leases for the spaces.
“The goal is to have a great group of authentic outer borough food and beverage entrepreneurs that will combine to create a great experience,” Lyoshir wrote.
The company aims to open the space before the holidays, Lyoshir said, although some businesses may move in later.
The developer aims to give the space a “clean industrial yet urban boutique feel,”-excuse me while I vomit. “The goal is to have a great group of authentic outer borough food and beverage entrepreneurs that will combine to create a great experience,” Newsflash-this is Astoria, an “outer” borough loaded with restaurants with all types of food. These herbs are acting like this is West Baltimore. Nothing says “clean” like a food court under an elevated subway line. Hipsterific