Think back about five years, and food trucks were all the rage. They gave small proprietors in big cities who couldn't afford brick and mortar restaurants a chance to sell a variety of innovative dishes.
Now, the urban spotlight is on food halls -- collections of counters inside a single location, offering everything from barbecue to gelato, poke bowls to vegan meals.
Every week, it seems that another food hall is popping up in an urban center, and 2019 looks to be a year when more will proliferate. The growing food hall trend includes:
Meanwhile, Shaya's home city has seen food halls pop up across the city, joining the St. Roch Market, which is credited for kicking off the food hall trend there in 2014. New Orleans' new food halls include the Auction House Market, from the same developers who opened the St. Roch project, as well as the Pythian Market food hall in the Central Business District.