Auction House Market, new food hall from St. Roch Market, names first vendors

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Auction House Market, a new Warehouse District food hall from the operators of St. Roch Market, named its first two vendors: Coast Roast coffee and HAPPYJAXX, which will sell salads and toasts.

"I think the location is more refined in the Warehouse District. The cool thing about it is it approaches a larger audience," said Will Donaldson, one of the new market's owners and a founder of the St. Roch Market.

Coast Roast, run by Kevin Pedeaux, was one of the St. Roch Market's original vendors. At Auction House Market, the local roaster will have a full range of coffee drinks along with bags of beans.

HAPPYJAXX, a new project from chef Patrick Kearney, will feature healthy salads with lots of local vegetables. The menu will have both regular and "breakfast" salads along with toasts, or open-faced sandwiches.

Kearney is the brother of Anne Kearney, the highly regarded chef who ran Peristyle until 2004. Patrick Kearney started cooking at Peristyle before moving on to Lilette and Bouligny Tavern. Most recently he has been a private chef.

Auction House Market, at 801 Magazine St., is being developed in the building that used to house the New Orleans Auction Galleries. The market will open in early 2018.

Additional vendors will be announced in the coming weeks.