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An Inside Look at La Cocina’s Long-Awaited Food Hall Opening in San Francisco

Mark Star

La Cocina's multicultural and massive food hall is opening in San Francisco on April 5. Let’s see what inside this long-awaited marketplace and what it has to offer to the people.

San Francisco is famous for its food trends and restaurants. The taste of its food items is so amazing that it attracts hundreds to thousands of people from other towns, cities, and states every year. Local chefs and restaurant owners have introduced numerous food trends in recent years. These trends have gained as much popularity as San Francisco’s cable cars and Golden Gate Bridge. Among its regionally typically and unique foods are Dungeness crab, abalone, sand dabs, sourdough French bread, and baby shrimps. Various local restaurants also serve Joe's Special.

The good news is that the long-awaited La Cocina’s food hall or marketplace is opening in a couple of days. The La Cocina Municipal Food Hall will feature everything people need to enjoy in San Francisco, such as a bar, different food businesses, and much more.

A Long-Awaited Project of La Cocina

In September 2018, La Cocina had broken ground on its ambitious marketplace in Tenderloin. The project was announced five years ago, and now it will open the doors to the dining public. This decision was made a few weeks after San Francisco allowed indoor dining at a high capacity. Indoor dining was actually not allowed here because of the fear of spreading the virus. Vendors and diners were worried about what would happen to the food industry. In March 2020, they came to know that the construction of the food hall was completed but it would not be opened due to the lockdown.

A Million-Dollar Food Hall With Lots of Space

The City of San Francisco has supported the project with around $1.5 million, with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development guiding everyone through the process. The food hall has 7000-square-foot space, with a 1000 square foot commissary kitchen. Besides, La Cocino was fundraising heavily to bear the costs of construction. They successfully raised 64 percent of a $5 million goal.

Guadalupe Moreno is one of those La Cocina entrepreneurs who are interested in starting their business as soon as possible. She is known for her Mexican food and already owns Mi Moreno. She knows the area very well, as she has lived a block from 101 Hyde for over fifteen years with her husband and kids. Moreno and other people from La Cocina entered an internal application process to operate the seven main stalls of the marketplace, while its eighth stall will offer people rotating pop-ups.

“I’m really excited to think that next year in this old post office, we could share our food with the neighborhood,” Guadalupe Moreno said. “We don’t really have any places like this, so the marketplace is going to be very important for my family.”

When Can People Eat There?

As of now, the option of takeout will be available. This is because of the coronavirus, but when things become normal, people will be able to have a great dine-in experience. It is said that indoor dining will be open to the public this summer, but only if all goes well. Diners can place orders on the internet or can pick up their food from the front entrance.

When it opens on April 5, you can go there from Monday to Friday. The timing is 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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