​Food halls have gained popularity in recent years, a trend that is likely to continue. In just the first three quarters of 2016, the number of U.S. food halls grew by about 100 projects, up by 37 percent over 2015, according to a Cushman & Wakefield report. The firm is also projecting nearly double that number by next year. Diners certainly appreciate the array of options and the typically affordable prices food halls offer, but some real estate developers are finding food halls an attractive option for anchoring their buildings. Among the newest food halls to open is Tastemakers, in the vibrant and diverse Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

“Community kitchens like Tastemakers are a great way for entrepreneurs and startup business owners to test their recipes and business model prior to committing to a long-term brick-and-mortar retail lease.” – Kirk Francis, CEO