New Orleans developers Green Coast Enterprises (GCE), the investment company ERG Enterprises and the Crescent City Community Land Trust are bringing its own version of a food market to the Central Business District, in downtown New Orleans. Titled the Pythian Market, the new food hall will be located on the ground floor of the newly renovated Pythian Building, which is a historic 1909 building located at 234 Loyola Avenue.
The Pythian Market covers 11,000 square feet, with three entrances around the building. It will have a commissary kitchen on site, and the hall’s ventilation is configured to permit some wood fire cooking. The market is currently working on a plan to allow individual vendors to sell alcohol, perhaps limited to beer and wine.
In the eyes of Green Coast President Will Bradshaw (MSRED Faculty), the Pythian building’s location between the CBD and the medical district makes it a gateway, and one primed for a new social attraction as more apartments and hotels and hospital-related development comes together. Naturally, he wanted food to serve as a cornerstone for the project.
The market is following in the footsteps of several other successful food halls that have recently opened in New Orleans, including St. Roch Market located in the St. Roch neighborhood, and Roux Carre located in the Central City neighborhood. Similar to these other establishments, the Pythian Market provides opportunities for small entrepreneurs to test restaurant concepts.
Green Coast Developer Manager Gina La Macchia (MSRED alumna) has also played a critical role in the development of the Pythian Building and Pythian Market.
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