Back in 2015, New Orleans businessmen Will Donaldson and Barre Tanguis poured nearly $4 million into the renovation of a historic local market ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The resulting food hall, St. Roch Market, became a quick hit among New Orleans tourists and natives, packing an array of solid local food concepts into the space.
Now Miami will get a taste of St. Roch as the market’s second location officially opens its doors this Saturday in the heart of the Design District. St. Roch will be located at 140 NE 39th Street, and will try to stay true to the mission statement of its flagship location: fresh, local options.
The Design District’s St. Roch is polished and modern, blending in nicely with the overall Design District aesthetic. The market will be home to 12 different concepts. Some of the St. Roch chefs hail from out of town, others are established South Florida talent coming from well-known concepts like Mignonette and Vice City Bean. Options are eclectic: vegan sweets (from Cupcake Wars veteran Chloe Coscarelli), Italian pasta, fresh-shucked seafood, tacos, Peruvian, coffee, Israeli, Vietnamese, cocktails and more.
Starting this Saturday, St. Roch’s hours will be Sunday through Thursday, from 8am to 10pm, and Friday through Saturday, 8am to 11pm. It’s yet another inch in the insane growth spurt of the Design District we've seen over the last year, which includes a brand new museum, a James Beard-nominated restaurant and more shiny new buildings than we can keep track of. But St. Roch will certainly be the biggest culinary player to hit the mecca of hard-to-pronounce designer labels. Stop by tomorrow to see if it lives up to the hype.
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