A 10-chef food hall could open inside a former Anderson Automotive showroom in Remington in about 12 months.
Seawall Development Corp. officials said they hope to start the $12 million conversion at the corner of Remington Avenue and 29th Street in the next few months, opening R. House to the public in early fall of 2016. The company said it already is in talks with restaurateurs but a final list of tenants is not ready.
Seawall officials said they want to make it easy for chefs to start restaurants, leasing them ready-made kitchen space, while taking care of non-food tasks, such as hiring waitstaff, security and washing dishes. The company is planning common seating, with sofas and games and hopes the space will draw people throughout the day, from morning coffee to after-dinner drinks.
The 50,000-square-foot building also would house a yoga studio and 20,000-square-feet of additional offices.
The food hall marks the second phase of Seawall's $80 million Remington Row investment.
Other projects in the neighborhood include the Miller's Court apartment building, the former tire shop that houses the Single Carrot Theater and Parts & Labor restaurant. The firm has rehabbed about 10 homes along Remington Avenue and has a five-story building at the corner of 27th Street with apartments, offices and retail under construction.
Seawall last year also purchased former Anderson Automotive properties that were part of the 25th Street Station site where a controversial Walmart had been planned.