The DeSoto Central Market may not be open yet, but the Evans Churchill Community Association and surrounding neighborhoods are celebrating its arrival Saturday, Jan. 24 with a Patio Party from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Constructed in 1928 as the C.P. Stephens DeSoto Six Motorcars dealership, the rebirth of this historic building has received a lot of attention.
Its location in the heart of the Roosevelt Row Arts District and contemporary design, modeled after big city marketplaces in L.A. and San Francisco, started generating buzz when the project began in spring 2014.
According to Celine Rille, marketing director for DeSoto Central Market, the owner and developers wanted to harness some of the excitement surrounding its opening, while embracing the vibrant local scene.
“We want to support the local community and asked them if they wanted to get involved,” Rille said. “We couldn’t wait to give the public a little taste of what the Desoto Central Market will be.”
On Saturday, residents and visitors will get an exclusive sneak peek at the new patio area, complete with food trucks, a beer and wine garden for those 21 and over, music, ping pong, corn hole and artisan vendors. Admission is free and open to the public.
Inside the revamped DeSoto, which is slated to open mid-February, developers plan to open four new restaurant concepts including Yard Bird and the Larder with Chef Stephen Jones, formerly of Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails. The building will also house a bar, fresh food sales and a variety of fast-casual dining options.
“There will be coffee, fresh produce, bread, a butcher – it’ll be a one-stop shop,” Rille said.
Dog, bike and pedestrian friendly — with light rail access literally across the street — the DeSoto is likely the next hip local hangout and contemporary dining destination.
Come see for yourself Saturday, Jan. 24 from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at 915 N. Central Avenue, on the corner of Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street.