The long-ruminating and eagerly awaited Downtown Brooklyn food hall DeKalb Market will finally be ready for the public early June. The development at 445 Albee Square West will be home to several big names — including the first expansion for LES pastrami king Katz’s, Bushwick Vietnamese restaurant phenom Bunker, and the famed street vendor Arepa Lady from Jackson Heights. It will host nearly 40 vendors total.
Word of the food hall first came out back in 2011, part of the City Point development that also features popular dine-in movie theater Alamo Drafthouse, a Target, and a yet-to-open Trader Joe’s. The opening date has been moving target ever since then.
But now, the team behind the market has announced an early June date for a private pre-opening party. A more firm debut date for the public is still to-be-determined.
Since the last news of the vendor line-up, it seems like the market’s website has added several new options that sound promising:
— Kotti Berliner Doner Kebab, a Turkish rotating spit sandwich shop that’s been popular at Smorgasburg, will have a booth.
— Bushwick Pakistani grilled meats restaurant BK Jani — whose owner/chef Sibte Hassan was called “a Midas of meat” by the Times — has also been added to the market.
— Carroll Gardens restaurant Wilma Jean, a neighborhood favorite for fried chicken, is now listed on the site.
— The burger truck with a cult following Hard Times Sundaes already announced a stand, but it looks like they will also be making bagels via Andrew’s Classic Bklyn Bagels.
— And purveyors of the must-have Red Hook summer treat Steve’s Key Lime will be serving frozen key lime pies on a stick.
Check out more of the vendor options on the DeKalb Market website, and stay tuned for further details.