The first two vendors for the new Warehouse District food hall were announced this week.
Coast Roast Coffee and HAPPYJAXX will be among roughly 10 vendors when the food hub Auction House Market opens at 801 Magazine St. in early 2018.
The organizers behind St. Roch Market are opening the new venture in the space formerly occupied by the New Orleans Auction Galleries. It will be similar to the St. Claude Avenue collection of food counters with pastry and coffee spots and a raw seafood bar.
Kevin Pedeaux’s Coast Roast coffee runs the coffee stand at St. Roch Market. Pedeaux has been roasting beans for nearly a decade, and the new stand will sell a familiar selection of specialty blends, drips, iced and frozen coffees.
At HAPPYJAXX, owner and chef Patrick Kearney's menu will focus on health-conscious and vegetable-focused dishes, according to a release from the market’s owners. Kearney worked at the acclaimed restaurant Peristyle, which his sister chef Anne Kearney owned before selling it in 2004. He also worked with Lilette and Bouligny Tavern chef John Harris before pursuing private chef gigs.
Kearney’s menu will feature a selection of salads and toasts, including a muffuletta version topped with mortadella, salami, ham, mozzarella, provolone and olive salad, and a curried toast topped with vegetable dal, mint and Indian yoghurt. Breakfast salads include the "A.M.," which combines apples, manchego, toasted almonds, mint, honey, lmeon juice and nut oil on baby greens. The Spaniard, which will be available all day, has Spanish rice, salami, roasted peppers, green olives, red onions and manchego on mixed greens.
The market is a joint venture between the St. Roch Market team and Felicity Property Co., which is redeveloping the building's roughly 8,500 square feet of retail space and a separate 1,600-square foot event space.