Transfer Co. Food Hall is Raleigh's Massive New Foodie Attraction
Thursday, February 07, 2019, 1pm by visitRaleigh
Big news, foodies—bagels, burritos, beer and more goodies have arrived in one awesome space in Raleigh, N.C.!
Transfer Co. Food Hall, a food hall and market housed in a 43,000-square-foot renovated warehouse in downtown Raleigh's Olde East neighborhood (just a few minutes on foot from the North Carolina State Capitol, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, CAM Raleigh and more), is now open!
The venue—the brainchild of Transfer Co. founder Jason Queen—will serve as a gathering space for food producers, makers, vendors, restaurateurs, their guests and the local community.
The highly-anticipated foodie attraction already grabbed national attention after The Washington Post visited for a recent travel story about the City of Oaks:
How can you go wrong with a brewer, baker and killer chocolate-maker, a creative partner who happens to be the Avett Brothers’ cellist and a general manager who happens to be a popular local DJ? Transfer Co. Food Hall is a gorgeous new gathering spot and food space in the oft-overlooked east side of downtown.
So—what can you chow down on, and when? As of Feb. 7, 2019, the carefully-curated list of vendors are generally open Thurs.-Sun., and are expected to add more weekday hours in the coming weeks (check with each vendor on social media before heading their way).
As for the vendors that have already opened, here's a quick rundown:
Led by chef Eric Montagne, Locals Oyster Bar is offering a menu of fresh oysters, seafood and handcrafted cocktails (plus a fresh fish market to open at a later date). The shrimp roll (seen below) and oyster poutine options from the menu have already been hailed as favorites by early-adopter diners.
Benchwarmers, serving wood-fired bagels and craft coffee, is an exciting new collaboration from the masterminds behind Jubala Coffee—one of Raleigh's beloved, local coffee shops—and Boulted Bread, a bakery that earned acclaim with one of Food & Wine’s Top Croissants in America and Bon Appétit’s Best New Bakeries in 2016. Not your average bagel shop, the menu—the work of chef John Knox—includes unique sandwiches like a house-cured lox with deviled egg spread and duck rillette with sour cherries and pickled onions.
Bringing some spice to the food hall, Che Empanadas, a beloved catering business that has been delivering Argentine-style empanadas to customers for years, has opened their first brick-and-mortar restaurant. For owners Anabel and Mark Rossbach, the baked pastries (filled with meat, vegetable, vegan and dessert offerings) are a taste of home.
Burial Beer Co.—based in Asheville, N.C., and named one of the world's best small breweries by Craft Beer & Brewing magazine in 2018—has opened a cozy space that's part taproom, part art gallery dubbed The Exhibit (where eager crowds are lining up early for special beer releases). Be on the lookout for Dank Burrito, a food truck that will open a brick-and-mortar inside the food hall later in 2019, parked outside the The Exhibit with limited weekly hours for the time being.
Dessert lovers, rejoice! Captain Cookie & The Milkman is a bakery and dairy bar serving fresh-baked cookies, local creamery milk and made-to-order ice cream sandwiches (making this the ultimate stop during the summer months after hopping off the greenway trail located directly behind the food hall!).
More vendors, including a larger production space and test kitchen by Videri Chocolate Factory and an Indian street food concept from the owners of the critically-acclaimed Biryani MAXX, are expected to open later in 2019. See the full vendor list here.
Transfer Co. Food Hall is located at 500 E. Davie St. in downtown Raleigh. To see more photos and stay up to date on vendor news, follow them on Instagram.
Header photos courtesy of Transfer Co. Food Hall