Lincoln Property Company— the owner and curator of Mess Hall Market, Orange County’s newest food hall—is announcing nine chef-driven food and beverage concepts in a destination spanning 12,000 square-feet. The food hall will feature a diverse selection of offerings, including Greek street food, lobster rolls, home-style Vietnamese, Mexican-French fusion, and hand-crafted cocktails. The lineup includes acclaimed chefs such as Andrew Gruel of Slapfish, Danny Godinez of Anepalco, and Aaron J. Perez of Vaka Burger.
The curated market will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and will include an organic coffee, tea & juice shop curated by Bodie Rasmussen of The Lost Bean as well as a full-service bar. Mess Hall Market is adjacent to the expansive Tustin Legacy Park, creating an indoor-outdoor experience for patrons, with 26-acres of trails and open space as the market’s backyard.
“With such a high-caliber group of chefs, there is nothing like Mess Hall Market,” said Parke Miller, Executive Vice President of LPC West, Lincoln’s west coast arm. “We are so excited to present an innovative, modern food hall that will bring incredible and diverse cuisine to the region.”
Seafood expert Andrew Gruel turned his popular food truck into a beloved seafood restaurant – Slapfish – which he will bring to Mess Hall Market. Gruel will also open a second to-be-named concept.
“It is so inspiring to join such a devoted and gifted chef community,” said Gruel. “Mess Hall Market will be a truly authentic and unique food hall experience, and we can’t wait to start serving our food alongside the best in the business.”
Danny Godinez is the chef behind Anepalco, a Mexican restaurant that combines traditional Mexican ingredients with French cooking techniques. Godinez will also design and operate the full-service bar that will provide wine, beer and hand-crafted cocktails.
Chef Aaron J. Perez will open Vaka Burger, a famed establishment best known for its grass-fed burgers and duck-confit grilled cheese. Vaka Burger rose to prominence after their popular food truck turned into a foodie haven on the eastside of Los Angeles. This will be Vaka’s first Orange County location.
Rasmussen will open a third location of The Lost Bean, a local gem serving organic coffee, tea, and hand-pressed juices. The Lost Bean is committed to a sustainable model of consumption and donates 30 percent of the company’s profits to non-political charity foundations that support the company’s mission to promote education, health, and the environment. Rasmussen will also open The Little Greek, a new concept for Rasmussen, featuring authentic Greek street food.
Mess Hall Market all will also include The Sandwich Society, well known as a foodie-sandwich destination, offering unique sandwiches, fresh salads, and soups. The shop was founded by Mi Ho, a self-proclaimed sandwich aficionado who has built a loyal following among sandwich-lovers.
Laguna Beach-based eatery Another Kind Cafe will also open shop at Mess Hall Market, serving Vietnamese-inspired crossed-cultural cuisine, or “Vietnamese home cooking”.
Mess Hall Market will feature a couple of other to-be-named food and dessert concepts that Miller says will be announced in the coming weeks.
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