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Plans For Seaboard Social Hall Move Forward

By Jessica Maurer, posted Sep 1, 2021
Monarch Property Co., the creators of Raleigh’s Transfer Co. Food Hall, are moving ahead with plans for Seaboard Social Hall, a combination food and music hall at the historic National Linen Service Building, 1315 S. Fifth Ave. in Wilmington. 
 
Monarch representatives said Seaboard Social Hall will be comprised of multiple venues in a 43,000-square-foot gathering place designed to bring together the area’s top chef-driven restaurant concepts, as well as up-and-coming food entrepreneurs and retailers.
 
“We’re excited to introduce Seaboard Social Hall to an already thriving culinary and social scene in Wilmington,” said Jason Queen, founder of Monarch Property Co. “This will be a key addition as the city’s first and only food hall and will go beyond that to offer a 16,000-square-foot music and events venue with a capacity of up to 1,200 people.

"Additionally, SSH will host a commissary kitchen, food production hub and maker’s market with more to be announced soon.”
 
The goal of the hall is to attract local, regional and national musicians.
 
Seaboard Social Hall’s culinary component is described by organizers as a collaborative, community-driven, coworking initiative to support the local food ecosystem to include a range of food business models.

Proposed models include dedicated food hall stalls for established chefs, bakers and local food and beverage retailers as well as ghost kitchens to support delivery/pick-up as well as catering and food truck operations.

Organizers said having a coworking space such as this will provide culinary creatives and food producers with opportunities to interact and innovate.

Monarch Property Co. is accepting applications and plans to announce the first round of food hall vendors in the coming weeks. The project is currently estimated to create more than 100 jobs and be open to the public in late 2022 or early 2023.

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