Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Downtown to Get Its First Food Hall at One Oxford Centre

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Downtown to Get Its First Food Hall at One Oxford Centre

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It might not rival Eataly or San Francisco's Ferry Building, but Downtown Pittsburgh is about to get its first food hall, one of the hottest trends in the foodie culture.

Oxford Market, a 12,000-square-foot space packed with restaurants, chef demonstrations, wine tastings and other offerings, is expected to open this summer in One Oxford Centre.

The food hall marks one of the first big moves by San Francisco- based Shorenstein Properties, the new owner of the iconic Grant Street skyscraper, to upgrade the real estate built in 1983.

"It provides an amenity for One Oxford Centre and sends a resounding message that they are updating to the modern era," said Herky Pollock, executive vice president of CBRE, the Downtown real estate firm handling the building's leasing.

Shorenstein has reached a deal with Eurest, the $1.4 billion food and vending division of Compass Group North America, to bring the food hall into the building.

Oxford Market will be in the 45-story skyscraper's plaza level, taking up space once occupied by the Easy Street restaurant, which has closed, and management offices. It also will use Oxford Centre's outdoor space during warmer weather.

The food hall will feature a variety of restaurants offering Mexican and Italian fare and other international dishes as well as specialty concepts involving salads and other healthy meal options.

Another section, Create Exhibition, will give local and Eurest chefs opportunities to showcase dishes and recipes. There also will be wine tastings and other special events.

Eurest is planning to partner with a number of Pittsburgh restaurants and celebrity chefs as part of the endeavor. In addition, there are plans for a small market selling fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods and other items.

LaToya Evans, a spokeswoman for Compass Group, could not provide the names of potential restaurants or chefs Thursday, saying that discussions are still taking place. …

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