EatDrinkRI Serves Up Plan to Launch Rhode Island’s First Food Hall

Rhode Island Food Hall Would Be Home to Multiple RestaurantsA former manufacturing building on Smith Hill in Providence could become the home of multiple restaurants, a brewery, and other culinary businesses if a campaign launched this week by Rhode Island food advocacy group EatDrinkRI bears fruit.

EatDrinkRI unveiled a new Kickstarter campaign to support development of the West Park Food Hall at 235 Park Street in the Valley section of Providence. The hall, the first of its kind in the state, would feature a rooftop deck, community seating, ample parking, and an expansive bar in addition to retail food and beverage outlets and production facilities.

The Kickstarter campaign runs through Nov. 15 and would fund preliminary planning for the food hall. 

But Wait, There’s More: Rhode Island Food Hall Fundraiser Incentives

Incentives for making monetary pledges in support of the project include private tours and tastings at Narragansett Creamery, Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits Co. and America’s Test Kitchen, a backyard barbecue for 100 guests by GottaQ Smokehouse BBQ, and a multi-course private dinner for eight Chef Benjamin Sukle, co-owner of birch and Oberlin restaurants.

“Having a hard time deciding on a restaurant that suits everyone’s tastes and budgets? The West Park Food Hall will be a place to meet, greet and eat,” according to a press release from EatDrinkRI. “It’ll be a place to enjoy great food with your pals and your family. It’ll be a place where you can feel good about what you’re eating, knowing that you’re supporting local farms & producers, and helping local businesses thrive right here in Rhode Island.”

The West Park Food Hall is a separate project from the Eat Drink RI Central Market, which would include shopping, event space, and waterfront dining at the former Shooters nightclub site on the East Providence waterfront. That project is still under development.

Similar food halls have been created in cities all over the world, from Lisbon and London overseas to Chicago and New York in the U.S.

(Cover photo: Food hall in Lisbon, Portugal/Pixabay)