After more than a year of planning, the Hudson Valley Food Hall in Beacon is scheduled to open in June. The brainchild of Beacon native Marko Guzijan, the food hall celebrates a variety of cuisines, chefs, artisans, and products from the Hudson Valley all under one roof.
“We could have filled the food hall with vendors from New York City in no time,” says Guzijan. “They [Manhattan chefs] all know Beacon and want to be here, but I wanted to showcase local talent.”
The 4,500-square-foot space used to house The Roosevelt Theater, and dates back to the 1920s. It seats about 80, with additional outdoor seating available during the warm-weather months.
Here are some of the unique vendors who will find a home in Hudson Valley Food Hall:
A family affair, this vendor serves dishes native to the Himalayan regions of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Made using methods and recipes passed down from elders in the family, the most popular dish on the menu is MoMo — Himalayan dumplings handmade from scratch using earthy spices. Other options include Dal Bhat–Everest Platter, with rice, lentils, protein, vegetables, and fermented daikon pickles; as well as Thukpa, a bone broth noodle soup traditionally eaten by Sherpas.
This local take on Indian street food serves hot wraps, which are traditional Indian rotis made by hand and filled with various spicy Indian curries and topped with flavorful chutneys. Choose from lamb pepper fry, butter chicken, garlic spiced potato, or tandoori cauliflower wrap. Other menu items include vegan options; mango lassi, a yogurt-based beverage; traditional Indian street chai; rice pudding infused with cardamom, saffron, and pistachio; and more.
Mango lassi from Bombay Wraps / Photo by Bombay Wraps
A fixture in the catering and festival scenes for more than 15 years, Beacon resident “Miz” Hattie Hess delights guests with her delicious North Carolina-style BBQ. “My dreams are coming true,” Miz Hattie says of her new food hall location. Enjoy a menu of southern-style dishes like mac & cheese with pulled pork bowl, brisket burger, fried chicken, pulled pork and coleslaw sandwich, and tasty sides.
Focused on fresh, locally sourced produce, Green House Salads aims to create transparency around ingredients and sourcing. The menu features traditional salad options, as well as new salads introduced every few months that focus on flavors from around the world, such as a Mediterranean salad.
With a setup similar to the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market, diners can order fresh seafood to enjoy in the food hall, while customers can also purchase raw fish to cook at home.
The anchor of Hudson Valley Food Hall is The Roosevelt Cocktail Bar, which serves cocktails with a local twist, along with an array of Hudson Valley craft beers and spirits.