Downtown Brooklyn's very own subterranean Dekalb Market Hall is still in the works for spring 2016, and about half of the 40 or so food vendors are already locked in. Anna Castellani, who's a partner in the project and the owner of artisan market Foragers, tells the Commercial Observer that included in that lineup is the first Brooklyn outpost (and second ever outpost) of deli icon Katz's. When the market was first announced back in May, Katz's was named as a possibility, but this makes it sound like it's confirmed —Eater has reached out to the deli's team for further comment (see update below). Also on the list: the Arepa Lady, pizza specialists Forcella, Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue, a pierogi bar, and several others.
The team plans to separate itself from the herd of fancy food halls in NYC by making this one a bit more casual. They aim to make it more like LA's hit Grand Central Market, not the swanky Hudson Eats at Brookfield place, says one of the senior developers. There are also two full scale restaurants headed to the space, a grocery store that apparently isn't "anyone local," and one other "food and entertainment vendor," which may or may not be the Austin-import Alamo Drafthouse, a movie-theater/restaurant that has long been planning an NYC expansion. There may even be a Foragers Market.
Update: Jake Dell, owner of Katz's, says he is still considering the project and hasn't made a decision to open in Brooklyn.