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First Vendors Announced for New Albany’s Bubbly Hall

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Mediterranean to Mexican, vegan soul food to gourmet hot dogs, African-inspired cuisine and more – the recently-announced vendor lineup at New Albany’s Bubbly Hall represents a culinary tour around the world.

The first eight vendors for Bubbly Hall include:

  • Fay’s Crepes
  • Levant Elevated Mediterranean Eatery
  • Rocoto
  • Tortilla
  • Beyond the Brix
  • Willowbeez SoulVeg
  • Afra Grill
  • Solo Merengues

Many of the names have an established presence in the Columbus dining scene, but their placement within Bubbly Hall represents new service styles and neighborhoods for the vendors to explore.

Bubbly Hall will be the first physical location for home-based bakery Solo Merengues. Owner Cecilia Osorio Menacho uses family recipes for the namesake Bolivian treat which features fresh fruit, cream and merengue.

Fay’s Crepes and Levant both currently operate out of the Polaris Mall, 1500 Polaris Pkwy. Fay’s offers a menu of sweet and savory crepes, while Levant features a build-your-own experience of bowls, wraps and pitas with Mediterranean flair.

Beyond the Brix and Afra Grill will expand from existing brick-and-mortar restaurants. Beyond the Brix currently serves up a menu of gourmet hot dogs and vegan dogs from 970 Parsons Ave. Afra Grill, 1635 Morse Rd., brings African flavors in a build-your-own setup through a variety of rice, noodle and salad bowls topped with steak, chicken, goat and lamb.

Rocoto will revive the concept formerly known as The Mix Charcoal Chicken. The Northland-area restaurant closed its doors in January, but will be back with a streamlined menu focused on its Peruvian grilled charcoal chicken.

Bubbly Hall will give Tortilla and its menu of build-your-own tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more a permanent presence. The food truck currently brings its Mexican fare to nearly every corner of the city, while its seasonal outpost at the Columbus Commons, 30 E. Rich St., recently opened for the year.

Bubbly Hall will be the second market-style concept for Willowbeez SoulVeg. The vegan soul food eatery recently opened its first physical location inside the North Market Downtown, 59 Spruce St.

Ethan Shajie, business strategist for the Granaz Group, the developer behind Bubbly Hall, says that diversity, authenticity and uniqueness guided the vendor selection process. Having at least a few healthier options on their menus was important, too.

When it was first announced, Shajie shared the Granaz Group’s intentions to not only create space for small, food-based vendors, but offer business support services. That work is already on display with vendors like Rocoto, who they helped with rebranding and refining their concept.

With the first eight vendors confirmed, Bubbly Hall is still looking to fill four to five more spots, though not all of those concepts will be kitchen-based. Shajie does have a few ideas of what they’d like to see round out their lineup.

Bubbly Hall is in talks with an experienced, local sushi chef to partner on a concept for the hall that will offer fresh-made and special sushi rolls.

A burgeoning kombucha startup is eyeing another spot. Shajie says that providing the business with a platform and an opportunity to introduce their product to the market is what Bubbly Hall is all about.

Early feedback from guests has guided the third potential new vendor. The request? Ice cream. Shajie says they are working on finding a unique ice cream concept to fill a small space at the hall.

Construction on Bubbly Hall is underway, with the project slated to open this fall at 6031 Central College Rd.

For more information, visit bubblyhall.com.

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