If all goes as planned over the next few years, Silver Spring residents won’t always have to drive to Rockville, D.C., or Northern Virginia to experience the area’s food hall boom firsthand. Commercial real estate developer Washington Property Company announced plans today to build a multi-vendor eating complex and market inside an apartment building it says will be 26 stories high, the tallest in the city.
The company says it will begin construction on the building, called the Solaire 8200 Dixon for its address on Dixon Avenue, early next year with the expectation of opening midway through 2022. WPC has hired Colicchio Consulting, a firm specializing in food halls, to manage a 15,000-square-foot space on the street level. Partner Phil Colicchio, a New York-based restaurant business lawyer and lecturer, is a cousin of celebrity chef Tom Colicchio. The consultants are already working with food halls in Portland, Maine, and at Auburn University in Alabama.
The Solaire building will be located in the middle of an area that WPC is attempting to brand as the Ripley District, a stretch a Ripley Street in downtown Silver Spring that includes restaurants like Urban Butcher, Buena Vida/Tacos, Tortas, Tequila, and Society Lounge.
Up Interstate 270, Montgomery County already has two dueling Asian food halls, the Spot and Pike Kitchen in Rockville. The Block, the destination for poke and Taiwanese ice cream in Annandale, Virginia, is bringing a second location to the Pike and Rose complex in North Bethesda.
Elsewhere in Maryland, Prince George’s County just got its first food hall with the opening of Savor at Studio 3807 in Brentwood.