Look inside the Darlington Street Food Market
THE first phase of a major redevelopment of a covered market is almost complete – with its new street food stalls slated to open this week.
Work has been taking place at the Darlington Indoor Market since January on proposals to turn part of the hall into a street food market.
It will feature dishes from six different kitchens and a dining area where people can eat.
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Mark Shaul, Digital Media Strategist for Market Asset Management (MAM) said: “This is a new idea and concept.
“I think it’s great for us and great for the city. If we can get more people to the city, everyone wins. ”
He added: “Hundreds of years ago people would go to the market to socialize, not just to buy things. We all want to bring families and communities together.”
Mr Shaul said he had been inundated with businesses that wanted to set up in the market.
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The food selection includes pizza and burgers, as well as Hungarian and Thai cuisine, Spud Gun, which makes loaded fries, and the Yorkie Wrap Company, which specializes in wraps made with Yorkshire puddings.
The hall will also have a stage, for music and other entertainment. Mr Shaul said he plans to hold a weekly quiz night on Thursday, with music or other live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
The work, which has been delayed due to the pandemic, is part of a multi-million pound investment aimed at increasing footfall to the market and downtown.
He added: “For me we still have the traditional market, we have some great butchers and fishmongers, greengrocers. They are still there and alive and well.
“There will be people who don’t like it, but we have to keep pace.
“Near here there is nothing like it, so naturally it will attract new people.
“People have just wasted the last 18 months of their normal life, whether it’s meeting friends and family or trying new dishes. It can’t really win.”
The next phase of work to revitalize traditional market stalls is expected to take place towards the end of the year. And the third phase, which will see the wall closest to the market square replaced with glass and a temperate garden and another bar installed, will begin next year.
It will open in time for the Darlington Food Festival, which begins Friday and takes place on the bank holiday weekend, and will also include the Mish Mash Music Festival.
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