After closing its doors more than four months ago, Time Out Market Boston will reopen on July 29 with a scaled-down roster of vendors.
The food hall, which debuted on the ground floor of the 401 Park Drive building last summer, will open — again — in a staggered format, with 10 concepts to start before the remaining vendors reopen at a later date. The doors open at 5 p.m. Wednesday, inviting guests to drink and dine in an environment that has been altered due to COVID-19.
Diners will now be able to order through the food hall’s new Time Out Market app, which allows guest to track their order and pay without contact. New air circulation and filtration systems have been installed, plexiglass shields are present at all counters and bars, and partitions — inscribed with quotes from Boston leaders — break up the communal tables.
In addition to the 23,000-square-foot dining hall, the market’s outdoor dining area has grown to 6,000 square feet, which was achieved by expanding into the space adjacent to the front lawn.
Time Out Market is re-introducing 10 vendors on Wednesday: Anoush’ella, BISq, Gelato & Chill, Greek Street, Italian Kitchen, Mamaleh’s Delicatessen, Monti Roman Pizzeria, Revolution Health Kitchen, and Union Square Donuts (with the addition of Atomic Coffee Roasters), plus a burger concept from anoush’ella’s Nina Festekjian called Nu Burger. Festekjian’s new project will offer globally-inspired burgers, like a Korean Bulgogi and Pesto Basilico burger, along with halloumi fries and parmesan truffle fries.
For those who still don’t feel comfortable dining out, participating vendors will offer delivery on DoorDash.
Two bars will start pouring drinks on Wednesday, with a new summer drink menu from beverage director Brittany Dunn. Her ’90s-inspired cocktail list includes options like Baby Got Back (gin, blueberry, honey, lemon) and My Own Worst Enemy (vodka, St-Germain, blackberry, peach, lemon, agave, mint), alongside craft beer and cider.
“We’re hemorrhaging cash like everyone else, but we believe in the concept, and we believe it can succeed,” Time Out Market CEO Didier Souillat recently told The Boston Globe. “We’ve been lucky: We can pay our rent and sustain a lower fee for our tenants. We have investors who believe in this concept.”
A few vendors won’t be returning to the market even after it fully reopens. Craigie Burger’s chef Tony Maws announced earlier this month that the burger joint had permanently left the food hall, though he did tell the Globe that the concept “will make a comeback eventually.” On Tuesday, George Howell Coffee announced in an Instagram post that it would also not be returning to the market. “We had a lot of fun and made great memories in the brief time we had within this unique space,” the post read. A representative for the market shared that Saltie Girl and Tasting Counter also won’t return.
The Fenway food hall will relaunch with new hours of operation, opening Wednesdays through Fridays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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