The Downtown Brooklyn food hall that sought to recreate the outdoor food parks of Austin, Texas has closed just six months after opening.
Dubbed Hill Country Food Park, the market came from the team behind the popular barbecue restaurant with the same name. Hill Country owners owners Marc Glosserman and Kristen Glosserman opened the venue in November 2018 serving options ranging from coffee to pizza at 345 Adams St., all housed within a plant-filled space that was meant to feel like an outdoor food truck park.
“Hill Country Food Park has closed for the season to make way for some big changes,” the team said via a statement sent to Eater. “While we have enjoyed stretching our culinary wings at Food Park, we have decided to focus on growing our other Hill Country restaurants.”
The space will evolve into a new food hall under a different operator, which has plans to bring in “well-known hospitality brands” later this year, Hill Country says. The barbecue team didn’t specify its involvement in the new project.
The Hill Country Food Park was essentially a smaller version of a food hall with six different stalls, including an all-day coffee stand serving doughnuts and ice cream; a Tex-Mex taco stand; a salad and sandwich shop; and a pizza stall where pies came with barbecue toppings. Two other stalls also sold Hill Country’s barbecue and fried chicken staples. On the second level, a new iteration of Boerum Hill dive bar Hank’s Saloon opened; it’s set to close in June.
This was the restaurant group’s second run at this location: The Glossermans previously operated their fried chicken and barbecue restaurants here, but neither performed as well as expected and both closed in 2017. The new concept was supposed to be like the Texas version of Eataly, which Marc had always dreamed of opening.