Auction House Market to open on Magazine

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Team behind St. Roch Market to open food hall this year

The folks behind St. Roch Market (2381 St. Claude Ave., 504-609-3813; www.strochmarket.com) will open Auction House Market (www.auctionhousemarket.com) at 801 Magazine St. in the Warehouse District by the end of the year. It will feature 10 food stalls and an event space.

The market will occupy the bottom floor of the warehouse building that previously housed New Orleans Auction Galleries. The building opened in 1895 and housed the Tinker Copper and Iron Works, and the owners say plans for the market's design will honor the original concept.

The market is a joint venture between the St. Roch Market owners and Felicity Property Co., which is redeveloping the building, said St. Roch Market owner Will Donaldson.

"Our customers have been asking us for a long time to expand into other areas of the city, and the timing felt right," Donaldson said.

The project features roughly 8,500 square feet of space for the food hall and a 1,600 square-foot event space. Donaldson says the market floor plan is similar to St. Roch's size but includes additional kitchen space for back-of-house operations.

Like St. Roch Market, the concept will welcome up-and-coming food businesses to lease space and share a communal kitchen. Donaldson says the list of vendors is in the early stages, and those interested in applying can to do so on the company's website.

Diners can expect a coffee and pastry vendor, a salad bar and an oyster counter with a bar, among other vendors.

Donaldson says the separate event space might host art or produce markets and will be available for private events.   The market will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and until 11 p.m. on weekends.