More details have emerged about Jose Garces' Latin American-themed food hall following yesterday's groundbreaking event. The still unnamed marketplace associated with Union Market and developer Edens is slated for 1270 4th St. NE. It will bring together an array of street food stalls, retail vendors, and residential units.
Chef Garces told Eater they're still in the process of figuring out the food details, but he has several ideas in mind. "What I want to do is create a great Latin American market experience," he says. A cevicheria with top-notch fish is a definite due to the chef's Ecuadorian background. He also hopes to offer pernil (roast pork shoulder), empandas, a taqueria with fresh tortillas, and a plancha bar.
There will also be some sort of full-service component in addition to street food-style eating with counters. Also expect retail like wine, cheese, and hard-to-find Latin American produce. "We're trying to create all these experiences in 20,000 square feet," the chef explains.
The marketplace concept has been in the works for several years, and Eater has reached out for an opening estimate. Garces already has a presence in D.C. with his Rural Society restaurant, as well as plans to bring Village Whiskey here.