The wait is finally over. H-Mart, the wildly popular Asian supermarket chain, has finally set an opening date of February 15 for the first Austin outpost and attached food hall, Market Eatery. Both will be located at 11301 Lakeline Blvd., near Lakeline Mall.
H-Mart already has stores in Houston and Dallas, but Austin will be the first city to see the food hall concept before the company expands the concept nationwide. Since CultureMap announced the opening, H-Mart has tweaked the lineup of eateries, doing away with two of the previously announced vendors and adding three more.
The new vendors include Korean snack food stop MIX; sushi stand Sushiya; and JeonJu Korean Grill, which will feature Korean-American fusion street food. Korean barbecue from Seoul Sausage and sushi from Maru Maki will no longer be part of the project.
Market Eatery will be anchored by two concepts from renowned Korean chef and cookbook author Deuki Hong: Korean fried chicken concept Sunday Bird and Korean barbecue eatery Sunday BBQ. Locals Lai Lai (Chinese); Tous Les Jours (Korean baked goods); and Snow Monster (Taiwanese shaved ice, boba tea, and waffles) will also be on board.
The food hall will also offer a variety of beer; saké; and specialty wines like plum, raspberry, and makgeolli, a traditional rice wine made in assorted flavors like peach, banana, and black soybean. Each day, Market Eatery will offer drink specials like $1 beer and $10 bottles of wine.
A performance stage is located adjacent to the hall, and projectors will screen movies and sports. While waiting for their food, customers can also peruse a handful of shops, including Korean cosmetic seller The Face Shop, teashop Cheong Kwan Jang, gift store Tori Gift, and drapery peddlers JDX. An onsite salon, Jessica Hair, is also part of the complex.