Introducing San Diego’s First-Ever Public Artisan Market: Liberty Public Market Opens In Liberty Station
25,000 Sq. Ft. Culinary Mecca Showcases the City’s Finest Local Purveyors and Market-to-Menu Restaurant in Historic Neighborhood Location, Which Once Existed as a Former U.S. Naval Base
San Diego, CA (
March 21, 2016
) -In a move that solidifies San Diego’s status as an emerging culinary hotbed, local hospitality veteran David Spatafore, principal of Blue Bridge Hospitality (Stake Chophouse & Bar, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge), introduces the city’s first artisan hall with the launch of Liberty Public Market. Located in Point Loma’s historic Liberty Station neighborhood, the communal marketplace brings together a curated mix of experienced retailers, farmers market vendors, food truck operators and home-grown kitchen concepts, each hand-selected for their passionate support and ardent commitment to San Diego’s culture.
- Name: Liberty Public Market
Opening Date: March 21, 2016
- Partners: Blue Bridge Hospitality and Liberty Station
- Space: 25,000 square-foot indoor-outdoor venue
- 27 debut artisan tenants with more to come
- On-Site Restaurant: Mess Hall
- Liquor License: allows guests age 21+ to walk freely within the constrains of the market with an alcoholic beverage in hand
- Dog-Friendly Outdoor Patio + Complimentary Public Wifi
- Location: Liberty Station | 2820 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego, CA 92106
- Phone Number: 619.487.9346
- Website: www.libertypublicmarket.com
DESIGN & LOCATION | THE HISTORIC LIBERTY STATION
Originally built as the Naval Training Center’s commissary in 1921, Liberty Public Market’s 22,000-square-foot space upholds the building’s historic significance while adding contemporary appeal. Uniquely Californian, the market’s architecture incorporates Spanish Colonial Revival-style elements including exposed beam ceilings, original columns and a network of open-air archways. At the center of the market, artfully constructed permanent artisan stalls, each showcasing a unique design and layout, invite guests to mingle through a colorful collection of offerings.
Taking advantage of San Diego’s year-round sunshine, the market offers 3,000 square feet of outdoor patio space decorated with olive trees and a chef’s garden for use at the on-site restaurant, Mess Hall, and adjoining cocktail bar. Adding to the market’s expansive patio, Liberty Station’s developers built out 5,000 square feet of public-friendly outdoor living rooms and dining decks that surround the market property, perfect for a quick meeting over coffee or casual al fresco market dining.
Located mere minutes away from the San Diego International Airport, just north of downtown, and in close proximity to all major freeways, Liberty Station’s 361-acre waterfront urban village offers complete accessibility for San Diego neighborhoods and tourists alike and provides ample and free parking for all visitors.
MESS HALL | MARKET-TO-MENU RESTAURANT
Liberty Public Market’s on-site restaurant, Mess Hall, offers a nod to the building’s history as the Mess Hall of the former Naval Training Center. Truly a market-to-menu concept, nearly all of the vegetables, proteins, and ingredients found within Executive Chef Tim Kolanko’s cuisine are sourced directly from the market’s artisans-advocating sustainability in every sense of the word. Mess Hall offers dinner service in it’s 40-seat dining room
, with an all-day lunch and dinner menu available seven days a week in Mess Hall’s adjoining cocktail bar and lounge, which seats 54. Tapping General Manager and Certified Sommelier Tami Wong’s experience and expertise, each dish from the menu presents an array of beverage pairings including wines from around the world, craft beers, and eventually cocktails. Sundays at Mess Hall showcase an elaborate brunch service (beginning
), followed by an evening roast, (which will debut opening weekend on March 20th) which features a three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu of slow-roasted proteins from Mess Hall’s wood-fired oven.
Operated by the market’s overarching San Diego-based restaurant collective, Blue Bridge Hospitality, Mess Hall is helmed by a powerhouse team consisting of BBH’s key players:
- Executive Chef, Tim Kolanko: Charles Dale’s former Renaissance (Aspen, CO); Stuart Brioza’s Tapawingo (Ellsworth, MI); Jeff Jackson’s A.R. Valentien (San Diego, CA)
- Beverage Director, Greg Majors: NYC: Tom Colicchio’s Craft Restaurant, Robert Bohr’s former CRU, Chef Marco Canora & Sommelier Paul Grieco’s former Insieme
- Certified Sommelier + General Manager, Tami Wong: Wine & Spirits Magazine ‘Best New Sommeliers’ 2014; Wine Spectator Magazine 'Award of Excellence’ 2015, Richard Blais' Juniper & Ivy (San Diego, CA)
- Executive Pastry Chef, Francis Laureano: Bottega Louie Gourmet Kitchen and Market (Los Angeles, CA); Bashi and Catalina Kitchen at Terranea Resort (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
[Mess Hall will begin service on Wednesday, March 23rd. Reservations can be made online via OpenTable beginning
. Mess Hall’s debut menu can be viewed online here]
SIP, SHOP AND STROLL
Featuring two unique bar and bottle shops, Liberty Public Market’s one-of-a-kind license and layout allows for guests to shop and stroll freely within the constraints of the market with an alcoholic beverage in hand.
Bottlecraft | San Diego’s consummate beer expert, Brian Jensen, launches a third outpost of his famed Bottlecraft boutique beer shop and tasting room. The 1,000 square-foot space centers around a tasting bar with 24 draft lines and features ample retail space for nearly 500+ bottles. Similar to Jensen’s existing shops in Little Italy and North Park, Bottlecraft at Liberty Public Market offers everything from local favorites to rare domestics and international finds.
Grape Smuggler | Offering an intimate wine bar setting within Liberty Public Market, Grape Smuggler, operates under the direction of industry heavyweight, and Blue Bridge Hospitality beverage director, Greg Majors. The 800 square-foot concept features an ever-changing menu of by-the-glass offerings, daily tastings and flights. As a destination for industry professionals, wine lovers and enthusiasts alike, Grape Smuggler’s cellar houses nearly 5,000 bottles of sparkling, white, red, sweet and fortified wine with 500 selections from all areas of the globe-affording Majors an opportunity to pour some of the more interesting varietals that he acquires by producer, region or wine style.
MARKET VENDORS | LOCAL ARTISAN LEADERS
With the capacity for more than 30 merchants, Liberty Public Market offers a mix of ready-made foods, pantry staples and retail storefronts for convenient one-stop shopping. The market is locally focused and forges a partnership between the region’s most talented artisans, presenting small businesses the chance to sell their goods on a much larger scale. The market’s debut tenant roster includes:
- AE Floral: fresh cut flowers, small potted plants, succulents, custom arrangements, candles and other home decor
- Baker + Olive: tasting pantry featuring premium olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, fresh bread, assorted salts and spices from this North County staple with locations in Encinitas and Del Mar
- Cane Patch Kitchen: authentic Southern family recipes including gumbo, jambalaya, gator po’boys and beignets
- Cecilia’s Taqueria: gourmet tacos and regional Mexican fare utilizing only locally sourced ingredients and hand-pressed
- Crafted Baked Goods: sweet and savory pastry shop mixing up a variety of tarts, brownies, stuffed pretzels, cupcakes, granola and more
- FishBone Kitchen: fishmonger sourcing local daily catch from surrounding waters for retail alongside oyster, poke and uni bar for in-market dining
- Garden Fresh: greengrocer offering fresh, seasonal selection of fruits, vegetables and exotic mushrooms from local farms
- Fully Loaded Juice: cold-pressed juices using raw, organic, local produce
- Howlistic: natural pet supply store for dogs and cats, offering naturally-made pet food, eco-friendly toys, collars and leashes
- Le Parfait Paris: celebrated French patisserie and boulangerie serving up macarons, fresh bread and other delicious sweets, croissants and crepes
- Liberty Meat Shop: old-school neighborhood butcher shop stocking the finest meats from sustainable farms with all cutting and prepping done in-house
- Local Greens: Solana Beach-based eatery utilizing seasonal fare and locally-sourced ingredients to create salads, wraps, bowls and burritos with a wholesome twist
- Lolli San Diego Sweets: specialty candy shop stocking a selection of bulk candies, locally made chocolates, European sweets, organic cotton candy and more
- Mama Made Thai: inspired by Bangkok’s eclectic street food scene, expect family-style renditions of classic pan-fried noodles and fried rice dishes
- Mastiff Sausage: local food truck churning out a variety of handcrafted sausages, sauerkraut and mustards for retail sale or market dining
- Pacific Provisions: locally made, small batch BBQ sauces, bean-to-bar chocolate, toffees and gourmet goodies for at-home foodies
- Parana Empanada: authentic Argentinian empanadas and a variety of housemade sauces promise to transport diners to the streets of Argentina bite by bite
- Pasta Design: freshly made sauces and pastas including ravioli, fettuccini, lasagna and more
- Roast: roast meats and sandwich shop hailing from Victoria, Canada
- Scooped by MooTime: offers inventive twists on gourmet ice creams and sorbets from Coronado’s iconic ice cream parlour, MooTime
- Stuffed!: organic, grass-fed burgers filled with gourmet cheese, decadent sides include tater tots and deep-fried Oreos
- Venissimo Cheese: European-style cheese shop stocks more than one hundred artisan cheeses alongside a customizable grilled cheese station
- The WestBean Coffee Roasters: specialty micro-batch coffee roaster offering signature pour over coffees, French press creations, and cold brews
- Wicked Main Lobster: authentic New England snack shack serves classic lobster rolls sourced directly from the shores of southern Maine
LIBERTY PUBLIC MARKET
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Restaurant + Cocktail Bar + Lounge
Dining Room | Wednesday though
, Dinner Service:
Cocktail Bar & Lounge | Daily, All Day Menu:
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Wine Bar + Bottle Shop
11 a.m. to close
Beer Bar + Bottle Shop