A Huge Food Hall Is Coming to Ballston with Dumplings, Tacos, and Sushi Burritos

Quarter Market Food Hall opens next year with 18 local chefs and makers

Quarter Market Food Hall is slated to open in September 2018. Renderings courtesy of Forest City.

Chef-driven food halls are the big trend for Washington next year. Hot on the heels of restaurateur Mike Isabella‘s massive new food hall opening in Tysons Corner, there’s a new culinary collaboration in the works. Developer Forest City is behind Quarter Market Food Hall, which is slated to open in Arlington in September 2018. The 25,000 square foot indoor/outdoor space in the forthcoming Ballston Quarter development will include 18 local dining spots, nine of which have already been announced.

A variety of big-name DC makers and chefs have signed on to the project. Collaborators include Ice Cream Jubilee, “sushi burrito” company Buredo, wood-fired Timber Pizza Co., and Cucina Al Volo, which specializes in fresh-made pastas and sauces at Union Market and elsewhere. From Baltimore there’s Mi & Yu Noodle Bar, and Pinch Dumplings. Swizzler, a hot dog food truck, and Rice Crook (Korean rice bowls) will get their first brick-and-mortar locations in the DMV.

Another element that distinguishes the food hall from its shabby food court brethren is the layout. Quarter Market will be centered around an outdoor plaza, so guests can dine outside when the weather is nice. Check out the design below.

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