A Sneak Peek at Time Out Market Boston
Boston, MA - When the first Time Out Market opened its first location in Lisbon in 2014, it was a potentially risky gamble; the entrance of a media platform into the then burgeoning food hall reimagination that defined itself as “the world’s first food and cultural market,” and “the first market experience rooted wholly in editorial curation.” Critics were quick to lash out at the audacity of a media agency exploiting regionally-inspired cuisine for marketing purposes, while Time Out was quick to indicate that the venture not only exposed regional cuisine and cooks to a wider global audience but created hundreds of new jobs in a major European city still facing the ramifications of the global economic crisis of 2007.
Time Out Market Lisbon is now considered one of Portugal’s most popular tourist attractions, with some 3.6 million visitors in 2017 alone. CEO Didier Souillat hopes to recreate the same buzz in 2019 in five North American cities—Miami, Chicago, New York, Montreal and Boston.
“At the heart of everything we do is our dedication to curating the best the city—its best food, drinks and cultural experiences. It is all about making fine dining casual, and casual extraordinary," stated Souillat in a press release.
"Time Out critics tested, tasted and reviewed the best food Boston has to offer and we are very proud to reveal such an impressive first line-up of incredible chefs and restaurateurs who will join Time Out Market. We can’t wait to soon announce the next additions to our curated mix. When Time Out Market Boston opens this year, it will not just be a place where you go to eat but where you get to know and experience the best of the city."
Time Out Market Boston will open in the spring of 2019 in the former Landmark Center located at 401 Park Drive in the Fenway, and promises a mix of 15 eateries, two bars, a demo kitchen and a retail shop. Rounding out some of the offerings include:
- Craigie on Main Executive Chef Tony Maws, who will be debuting a smaller scale version of his latest creation, Craigie on Main Burger
- Chefs Nancy and Tim Cushman of o ya and Hojoko fame who will be offering two distinct Asian kitchen concepts
- Peter Ungár of Somerville’s Tasting Counter, who will be offering his own take on a seafood heavy menu inspired by locally sourced ingredients
- James Beard Award winner Michael Schlow, whose space will be devoted to simple and authentic Italian cuisine
- Nina and Raffi Festekjian’s latest iteration of their popular South End Mediterranean restaurant Anoush’ella
- Somerville and Brookline’s artisan donut bakery Union Square Donuts
“With its focus on supporting local businesses and suppliers, a close connection with the city and community is at the heart of the Time Out Market philosophy; as with its existing location in Lisbon, it is expected that the market in Boston will bring further employment across a wide range of skills, broader benefits and attract a food and culture-loving audience,” reported a press release from Time Out Market plc earlier this week.
While an official opening date has yet to be recognized, the media agency anticipates it will occur sometime in the second quarter of 2019.
For more information, please visit www.timeoutmarket.com/boston/