New Mexico’s First Food Hall Is Home to Some of Its Best Chefs

Located in an industrial-chic corner of Albuquerque, Sawmill Market is New Mexico’s first food hall, housing vegan ramen, low-alcohol cocktails, and flower arrangements under one roof. In a few weeks, a second food hall (unrelated owners) is set to open two miles down. 

American food halls have been launching at exponential rates in the past five years, now totaling over 100. Many of them share the same codifiers of cool: blonde wood, neon signs, $6 coffees, a butcher shop. Sawmill has those, too—as well as the culinary pulse of Albuquerque. . . . . more

Take two: Sawmill Market opens doors – Albuquerque Journal

The food-hall style market at 1909 Bellamah NW originally opened in March before having to close back down when pandemic restrictions were rolled out. It will reopen for outdoor seating at 50% capacity and takeaway only Wednesday.

“The support and excitement from the community has been incredible since we first opened our doors,” Sawmill Market general manager Mark Montoya said in a news release. . . . more

The Long View – Local Flavor Magazine

Jim Long is excellent at romancing New Mexico. As CEO of Heritage Hotels & Resorts, it’s a big part of his job. Presently, the subject of his romance is one box under massive transformation in Albuquerque’s Sawmill District. Back in the early 20th century, the structure was home to the Southwest’s vibrant lumber mill industry and a spur of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The Frank Paxton Lumber Company, which in 1958 inaugurated a new showroom and warehouse here, will be reborn as Sawmill Market on March 10 of this year. . . . more

10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. – The Manual

If you want to experience a prime sampling of a city’s culinary offerings without putting serious miles on your engine (or your feet) from traipsing from neighborhood to neighborhood, the food hall provides maximum efficiency without sacrificing flavor and overall dining quality. And while food halls have been a consistent presence in American metropolises for decades, the last five years have witnessed an impressive rise in this food-service model, with new and inventive markets specializing in international bites and regional favorites popping up in U.S. cities both large and small. In this list, you’ll find 10 American food halls with enough excellent eats, attractive environs, and city-specific vibes to make them well worth a flight or a road trip. . . . more

Sawmill Market announces initial tenants and new concepts – News Release

Sawmill Market, New Mexico’s first artisan food hall anchoring the new Sawmill District in Albuquerque, is pleased to announce initial tenants Dr. Field Goods Kitchen, Plata Coffee, Eldora Chocolate, and new concept Mercantile Cafe & Wine Bar. Construction has already begun and the project is on track to open in February 2020 with additional concepts and vendors to be announced in the coming months. . . . more 

More restaurants on tap for Sawmill Market food hall – Albuquerque Business First

Albuquerque-based Tulipani Pasta will be among the first restaurant tenants at the Sawmill Market. Founded by Alanna Casale, Tulipani Pasta offers a changing line of artisanal, fresh pastas made with the best organic flour, eggs and seasonal ingredients available . . . more 

Food hall fever comes to New Mexico – Santa Fe New Mexican

Food halls are suddenly sprouting in New Mexico – a few years after they started spreading rapidly across the American landscape . . . more

Artisanal food hall slated to arrive in New Mexico – Hospitality design

The Sawmill Market in Albuquerque, New Mexico is slated to become the state’s first artisanal food hall upon its opening in February 2020. Set in a former lumber warehouse located in the Sawmill District, the new urban market aims to bring a new dining experience to the city . . . more

Sawmill Market rises in ABQ – Albuquerque Journal

In the early 20th century, Albuquerque’s vibrant timber industry was quartered in a neighborhood just north of Old Town, where lumber products were sourced and sold across the west . . . more

New Mexico’s first ‘food hall’ coming to Albuquerque – KRQE

They have been going up in cities around the country. Now, New Mexico is about to get its first food hall. An old lumber warehouse in the Sawmill District will be home to two dozen businesses. The retail space will be full of food, beverage and retail tenants once it opens . . . more

Sawmill Market will be the state’s first food hall – KOAT 7

The Sawmill District, an area that’s continuing to grow, is getting a new addition. A former lumber warehouse in the district, will soon be home to 24 different local businesses . . . more

Sawmill Market will be the state’s first food hall – KOAT TV 7

The Sawmill District, an area that’s continuing to grow, is getting a new addition. A former lumber warehouse in the district, will soon be home to 24 different local businesses . . . more

We want to create that community where people come and gather and experience different retails and different types of foods.

Cindy Campos

Leasing Manager, Sawmill Market

Sawmill Market opening date announced – KOB TV 4

A one-of-akind market is hoping to bring new energy to the Sawmill District . . . more

The Sawmill District  . . . A new urbanism – Local Flavor

Today, the former home of Frank Paxton Lumber Company is a scruffy blue-and-white warehouse down Bellamah Avenue in Albuquerque’s Sawmill District. In the early 20th century, it was part of a bustling lumber district whose neighborhood-wide operations earned the quarter its moniker. . . more

There are also more people doing more interesting things. They need a place to come together to share their wares with the community. Food markets are extensions of farmers’ markets – they’re just indoors and seven days a week.

Steve Carlin

Sawmill Market Consultant

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