Image © Frank Oudeman; courtesy of Columbia University
A new food hall is slated to open at Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus next year. It doesn’t have a name yet but it will be helmed by chef Franklin Becker—known for his fast-casual lunch chain, Little Beet—and will service Columbia students as well as the general public. Food options may include everything from Southern cuisine to Sicilian-style pizza to Spanish tapas, according to early reports from the Wall Street Journal. Speaking to the Journal, Becker said that bringing in a range of independent vendors—versus national food chains—will raise the bar for campus food.
The food hall will be in the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, near West 125 Street and Broadway. As 6sqft previously reported, the Science Center is one of an ensemble of buildings designed by Renzo Piano Workshop on the new 17-acre Manhattanville campus. The 450,000-square-foot building houses the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, the Community Wellness Center, and the Education Lab, which provides free science classes and events.
In addition to a variety of fast-casual food offerings, a full-service restaurant with outdoor seating is also being planned for the site. On the weekends, the space will host a seasonal farmers market and bazaar for local vendors. Development is expected to begin in early 2020.
While food halls are gaining popularity throughout the city, one catch of having one on a college campus is that they can be more expensive than traditional fast-dining options. A university spokesperson told the Journal that student discounts may be implemented, as well as an option for Columbia students, faculty, and staff to use “pay accounts connected to their ID’s.”
As food halls continue to flourish throughout the city, there haven’t been quite as many uptown, but that seems to be changing. Washington Heights’s first food hall is set to open this fall after initially announcing a Spring opening, and Cipriani is slated to open an “Italian food mecca” on the Upper West Side later this year.
[Via Wall Street Journal]
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