Miami Food Hall St. Roch Market Is Now Politan Row, With New Food and Drink Concepts
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The Design District Food Hall, known as St. Roch Market, has a new name. It is now officially Politan Row Miami.
Formerly named after the flagship St. Roch Market in New Orleans, the Magic City location was renamed after an agreement on ownership of names last year following a lawsuit filed by the New Orleans Building Corporation and the City of New Orleans against Bayou Secret in 2018 had been achieved. who operated the Miami Food Hall.
Following the settlement, St. Roch Miami partner Will Donaldson founded a new company, Politan Group, in February 2019, which will own and operate food warehouses. Before the location was renamed in Miami, the company opened a Politan Row in Chicago in May 2019 and one in Houston in November.
“We always knew we had to make the adjustment, and in the end it was a great decision for both parties,” says Donaldson. “The name ‘Politan Row’ represents much more of what we are about. The word ‘Politan’ comes from the Greek root word polis, which translates to ‘a group of citizens’, and one of the things that make us different from others Food halls are our direct link to the community. Most of our concepts are original and the actual supplier is on-site as the main operator. ”
Photo courtesy Politan Row Miami
In Miami, the pan-global Food Hall is home to a dozen concepts offering dishes ranging from modern Israeli to pasta. The list includes the sushi spot Itamae, whose cook Valerie Chang was recently recognized as a semi-finalist in the Rising Star Chef category of the James Beard Awards.
In addition to displaying new outdoor signage, Politan Row is offering improvements to patio furniture and uniforms for employees, as well as a color refresh for some areas inside, including branding and softer lighting.
The Food Hall’s bar, Mayhaw, is now known as Bar Politan. The list of classic libations has been expanded to include more Magic City-inspired cocktails, including Miami Winter, a Martinez made from St. George Terroir Gin, Cocchi Americano, Falernum, Luxardo Bianco, and Douglas fir ($ 14). and Biscayne Boulevardier, made with 1792 bourbon, Peychaud’s aperitif, sweet vermouth, and the distilled Mexican spirit Sotol ($ 16).
“We have updated the beverage program as part of our mission,” says Sophie Burton, Beverage Director of Politan Group. “After nearly two years, we wanted to go even further into the Miami area and take in the artistic and upscale elements of the community with more specialties.”
Photo courtesy Politan Row Miami
The Food Hall’s smoothie and açaí concept is now called Super Fresh, and Kalis Island Spice has been replaced by the newcomer Stage Social. The concept of the Las Vegas couple Jhon Castro and Tiffany Smith offers an all-day breakfast menu with hearty sandwiches and seasonal plates.
Parallel to the updates, a new online ordering system will also be introduced, which Donaldson says should be fully functional in the next few months.
According to the Food Hall entrepreneur, the Politan Group plans to open locations in two more cities, but details are not yet known.
Politan Row Miami. 140 NE 39th St., Miami; 786-542-8977; miami.politanrow.com. Sunday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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