Syracuse, NY – Salt City Market, that is downtown food center which will offer flavors from all over the world, will hold a grand opening from this fall to January 2021.
Market construction in the former parking lot on South Salina Street opposite the Marriott’s Downtown Syracuse hotel is progressing well, but there have been delays in some areas needed to complete the project, said market manager Adam Sudmann.
One section, the “skin” of the building, originated in Spain but has been delayed in part by the rise of the coronavirus there, Sudmann said. Another piece pending came from Texas.
The $ 22 million project was funded by Allyn Foundation, which created the Syracuse Urban Partnership, a separate nonprofit to own the building and run the food hall.
When it opens, there will be ten vendors operating at stalls offering cuisine from places like Jamaica, Vietnam, Burma (Myanmar) and South America. Eight from the vendor win a place in the market through a competitive process. Two newly added vendors, Middle Eastern booths and juice bars, are from established operators. The market will also host the Salt City Coffee bar.
Coming later in the spring will be the second location for Syracuse Cooperative Market grocery store. (The market maintains its current location in the Westcott neighborhood remains open).
Sudmann said the market was preparing for a January opening which would be accompanied by the type of coronavirus safety protocols currently in effect for restaurants, such as mask requirements and social distancing.
Assuming the guidelines don’t change, that also means limiting customers to 50% of capacity. But the market is quite large with a regular capacity of around 400 people, Sudmann said.
“So even with a half capacity, that’s 200 and that’s a lot of people,” he said. There will also be places to pick up food to visit.
During the summer, market vendors have been showing off their food a series of curbside pick-up dinners on Fridays at the With Love restaurant, 435 N. Salina St. The series has been discontinued, but with a delay in opening the market it will resume in November and December, Sudmann said. The details are still being worked out.
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