Imagine, for a moment, stopping off on your way home from work to pick up a thick porterhouse steak custom butchered for you, then heading to the artisanal cheese shop for a special appetizer and, just a few steps away, indulging in a macchiato prepared with locally roasted coffee.
That European-style shopping experience is slowly coming to life under one roof as the developer of what will be San Diego's first food hall unveiled on Thursday his initial roster of 10 vendors. By the time Liberty Public Market debuts in late October, Coronado restaurateur David Spatafore hopes to have assembled two dozen or more purveyors housed in a historic warehouse-style building within Liberty Station.
The first batch of tenants - among them a butcher, cheese shop, sausage maker, ice cream store and a craft coffee roaster - represent a mix of more experienced retailers, along with farmers market vendors venturing into their first brick-and-mortar location.
Liberty Public Market vendors
Fully Loaded Juice: Encinitas-based business that produces raw, organic, cold-pressed juices that it bottles.
Venissimo Cheese: The longtime purveyor of artisan cheeses from around the world currently has four locations, in Mission Hills, North Park, downtown and Del Mar.
Pho Realz: The owners specialize in Southeast Asian street food currently sold in farmers markets.
Wicked Maine Lobster: Currently in several farmers markets, this purveyor is known for its lobster rolls but will also have crabmeat rolls and lobster tails at Liberty Public Market.
MooTime Creamery: Owned and operated by Blue Bridge Hospitality, the creamery has two Coronado locations where handcrafted ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt are sold.
Mastiff Sausage: Liberty Public Market will be the first brick and mortar location of the company, which specializes in handcrafted sausage sandwiches and subs. It will also sell prepackaged sausages.
WestBean Coffee Roasters: It will sell a variety of coffees and cold brews made from imported beans it roasts at its Mission Gorge Road roastery.
Cecilia's Taqueria: A collaboration of Cecilia Cortazar Peterson and Alec House from Supannee House of Thai in Point Loma, the newly created business will serve freshly made tacos and other authentic Mexican fare.
Liberty Meat Shop: Run by Tommy Battaglia, a longtime San Diego meat distributor, the shop will offer high quality cuts of meat along with custom butchering services.
Cane Patch Pies: A family-owned bakery, Cane Patch features sweet potato-based products made from longtime family recipes.
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