We now know what six of the food concessions will be in the new Saluhall food court being opened by IKEA affiliate Ingka Centres in the downtown San Francisco Meeting Place complex.
It is a relatively new business for IKEA and its mall arm Ingka Centres, creating food-hall destinations that are not focused on Swedish meatballs. But we are about to get one in San Francisco, featuring local food vendors and a plant-based focus, set to open early next year.
The 23,000-square-foot Saluhall, as we already heard this summer, will include a cooking-school component and a bakery/cafe from Danish chef and educator Claus Meyer — also known as the co-founder of famed Copenhagen restaurant Noma.
As the SF Business Times reported Monday, the next five vendors who have signed on have now been revealed. They are:
- Curry Up Now, the Indian fusion concept that began as a food truck and has since expanded with seven restaurants around the Bay Area, including one on Valencia Street.
- Vegan Puerto Rican restaurant Casa Borinqueña, which started out in Brooklyn and just recently closed its small Oakland outpost in late September.
- Oakland plant-based taqueria La Venganza, which just opened a spot at 6419 Telegraph Avenue, next to the White Horse Bar.
- Chinese noodle specialists Momo Noodle, which has been making regular appearances with its mobile operation at Spark Social in Mission Bay.
- Filipino-American comfort food purveyor The Sarap Shop, which just last year launched a permanent location inside the Chase Center.
"Saluhall is a celebration of Scandinavian food principles that nourish both body and soul," said Stéphane Keulian, Food and Beverage Concept Development Leader at Ingka Centres, in a statement last month.
"Saluhall is more than a food hall," Keulian added. "It is a community, a meeting and eating place that unites local vendors and inspires conscious food choices."
The sixth food business that we know of appears to be a first U.S. outpost of Meyers Bagerier, the bakery chain owned by Claus Meyer.
Saluhall is being operated by London-based KERB, which sort of like SF-based La Cocina, in being an incubator of small street-food businesses. KERB also operates the popular Seven Dials Market in London.
We don't know anything else about other retail tenants coming to the shopping center, but there are still a couple of floors of space to fill in the mid-Market complex.
Also opening next year will be a co-working space on the fifth floor of Meeting Place called Hej! Workshop, operated by New York-based Industrious, which will double as a showroom for IKEA's line of business furniture.