Boston, MA– Trends in the food industry tend to be relatively fickle phenomena. Each passing year brings a whirlwind of hype, novelties, and buzzwords liberally peppered throughout reviews, like MSG before it faded away into the background and finally settled down to raise families of chain restaurants in Midwestern strip malls. Designer cupcakes. Bacon-flavored coffee. Deconstructed anything. Woe to the child who still remembers fondue palaces fondly.

Some trends have longer shelf lives than others, however. Ramen. Food trucks. Pop up… well, anythings. Staying power is never a predictable quality; otherwise, those of us who wistfully recall the Howard Johnson’s of our youth would be lighting memorial candles in front of Hojoko on a weekly basis (don’t think we didn’t remember, Tim.) When it comes to food, there’s no magic formula for longevity. And that’s perhaps the most frustrating realization for restaurateurs and diners alike.

Food halls, however? The jury may still be out on whether they're here to stay.

Despite criticism and uncertainty towards the survival of affordable restaurants from the likes of Momofoku’s David Chang, 2019 has been roundly and unequivocally declared to be the “Year of the Food Hall.” At least that seems to be the case in Boston, where there’s no less than four high development offerings to be unveiled over the coming months. Among the most highly anticipated has been High Street Place, a planned nexus between High Street and Federal Streets which boasts of a five-story atrium accommodating some 500 seats and 20 different food stalls. While Time Out Media’s “editorially curated” food complex Time Out Market Boston previously announced their vendor offerings in January, the proposed merchants at the $30 million complex have been a mystery. Until now.

High Street Place announced their vendor line-up earlier this week, and as expected, it’s nothing short of a list of local culinary standards, alongside a few rising stars. Among the offerings:

  • Noodle BOS, from the operators of Noodle Labs in Boston Public Market. Noodle Labs will be presenting their now ubiquitous ramen and udon noodle rice bowls, alongside Southeast Asian street fare.

  • Dive Bar and Tenderoni’s from the indomitable Tiffani Faison (who apparently doesn’t sleep.) Dive Bar will offer a limited raw bar alongside New Orleans-influenced seafood classics such as po’ boys and fried oysters, while Tenderoni’s will be Faison’s rendition of the traditional sub and pizza shop.

  • Pennypacker’s, whose porchetta sandwiches have been a food truck staple on the Greenway, drawing converts from blocks away (and who recently opened a brick and mortar location in Somerville’s Magoun Square).

  • Daiquiris and Daisies, a twist on the classic cocktail bar hemmed by Hojoko’s Darren Swisher and Joseph Cammarata.

  • Wheelhouse, whose burgers have been a long-standing favorite on Broad Street for several years now. Wheelhouse’s team will also unveil a new concept called Haley Jane, which will present their take on the classic Southern fried chicken sandwich.

  • Mother Juice, who will present their fifth location at High Street offering juice cleanses, smoothies, and breakfast bowls.

  • Northeast of the Border, whose Mexican food trucks seem to be everywhere at any given moment in the greater Boston area. High Street will be their first brick and mortar location.

  • Fuji Sushi, yet another Fuji location from Quincy’s highly visible JP Fuji Group (the team also responsible for Shabu & Mein, YoCha and BCafe).

  • The Farmacy Cafe, an organic specialty cafe making the jump from a shipping container in the Seaport to High Street, offering juices, rice bowls, kombucha tea, and what is likely the next big trend in 2020: CBD-infused snacks.

While High Street Place has yet to announce their official opening date, developers anticipate it will be no later than the fall of this year. In the meantime, some of us will be traveling to upstate New York to hunt down the elusive last remaining Howard Johnson’s.

High Street Place will be located at 100 High St in Boston and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. For more information, visit

Image is of the Time Out Market food hall in Lisbon.