Carlsbad's food hall gets new tenants, a speakeasy, clearer opening date

Carlsbad's food hall gets new tenants, a speakeasy, clearer opening date
Posted at 4:08 PM, Aug 29, 2018

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) — Carlsbad's planned food hall is adding to its already varied lineup of restaurants, and getting a clearer opening date.

Carlsbad's Windmill Food Hall is now set to open in late September along Interstate 5 as North County's first food hall.

While new additions are still being sought to round out the current slate of offerings, two new eateries have been added: Belgium Delights, a liège waffles spot, and Notorious Burgers, which will serve up gourmet sliders.

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Other restaurants already announced include:

  • Bing Haus - Asian-inspired dessert spot serving cult followed rolled ice cream such as Green Tea, Banana, and Black Sesame;
  • Crackheads - A full-service, standalone eatery featuring gourmet breakfast sandwiches and specialty coffee. (Will be housed in a massive shipping container near the food hall);
  • Bread and Cheese Eatery - Gourmet made-from-scratch grilled cheese sandwiches stuffed with gourmet cheeses, meats, and specialty ingredients; will also be serving pineapple smoothies served inside fresh pineapples;
  • Cross Street Chicken & Beer - Korean-style fried chicken with a popular brick & mortar on Convoy Street;
  • An unnamed pizza restaurant concept;
  • Lobster West - New England style staple foods such as Main lobster rolls made with sustainable ingredients;
  • Rolled Up - Build-your-own rolled sushi burritos;
  • Taco Lady - Gourmet street tacos from the woman behind El Puerto Mexican & Seafood;
  • Thai Style Kitchen - Traditional Thai cuisine served from a traveling pop-up food stand

The food hall also revealed Wednesday that its second floor will be occupied by a "speakeasy." The speakeasy is set to be completed in the months after the food hall's opening.

A separate full-service bar, about 2,000-square-feet of outdoor seating, and a concept called "The Library" are also planned for the building.

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The 12,000-square-foot hall will transform Carlsbad's iconic windmill building, which was formerly a T.G.I.Fridays and prior to that, a Pea Soup Andersen’s location.

The location of the hall sits just steps away from Carlsbad's busy outlet shopping.