Going to restaurants and cafés has been voted as the 6th most popular social activity amongst UK adults (YouGov, 2021). As lockdown restrictions ease in the UK, the desire for social dining has increased, with customers seeking experiences closer to home that champion community and support local brands.
With new needs emerging, F&B brands are experimenting with ‘neighbourhood’ foodhall concepts that inspire community connection and create a space for locals to dwell, eat and be entertained. It’s a win-win, as customers get to connect with their loved ones in cultural settings, whilst discovering new tastes and celebrating local cuisine. Brands can catalyse community growth by collaborating with local vendors, creating richer moments that engage customers and drive repeat footfall.
Mercato Metropolitano opens a new ‘neighbourhood’ concept as part of the first phase of its 17,500sq ft Elephant Park development, in Elephant & Castle, London. Called MMy Elephant Park, the concept features a deli and grocery store, café and artisanal kitchens serving fresh meals. The product offer is sourced from both local and European brands.
Boxpark will launch a new food hall concept outside of London called ‘BoxHall in Bristol’ in 2022. Focussed around a curated selection of local, independent street food traders and restaurant operators, the venue will also host a community-led programme of social events.
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