Food trucks: old news. Not so with food halls. And they’re getting bigger, too.
The latest recently-announced food hall was the biggest yet in this area. It’s a 30,000-square-foot version to anchor (and add value) to the first phase of Magic Development’s multi-billion-dollar Magic Place by Pininfarina luxury resort. Its location: along Kissimmee’s W. 192, the area’s main tourism corridor that leads to Walt Disney World.
Magic Development has teamed up with Wyndham Hotels to partner on the project. It will include 1.850 condo units in 10 residential towers. They will be a mix of residential, condo, and fractional units, as well as nightly rental hotel units. There will also be 250,000 square feet of retail and 25,000 square feet of office space.
Magic Development cites several reasons for the development. They include the area’s lack of a state tax, the always-growing, year-round robust visitor market, and Central Florida’s fast job growth.
Designer Also Known for the Ferrari
Italian-based Peninfarina has already designed the building, which will have seating for about 400 customers. The designer is perhaps best known for also designing the automobile Ferrari.
The new food hall will have 20 restaurants. It’s going to be called Gourmet Market at Magic Place.
Several others are in the Orlando pipeline — in Creative Village and Lake Nona — but none of this scale. Gourmet Market would even dwarf Tampa’s 22,000-square-foot Heights Public Market on the city’s downtown Riverwalk.
One of the new planned halls is inside a former train depot circa 1940 in the downtown commercial district of suburban Sanford but others are in connection with larger residential developments.