The Pop-up Food Hall will act as a gateway to the new Pier 48, which is destined to host community events and provide public access to the water. The building will serve as a focal point on the pier, offering an affordable venue for restaurateurs from the International District (ID) to (re)establish their presence on the waterfront. The ID has already begun to grow and change as Downtown development encroaches. Rents are skyrocketing and long established businesses will soon be forced to close as new condos replace the aging strip malls and older buildings along Jackson and the surrounding neighborhood.
The Pop-up Food Hall celebrates the city’s culinary history by giving the area’s food-related businesses a new home on the original site of Seattle’s first Chinatown. Other amenities on the pier might include exhibition space for rotating installations by local artists, boat docks and other water related activities. The market and related program will be light in nature, responsive to the climate, and inspired by Seattle’s maritime environment.