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Future food hub will bring together neighborhood flavors, cultures under one roof

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GRESHAM - A rendering of how the Rockwood Rising Market Hall will look once completed in early 2021. A group of restaurateurs and food entrepreneurs gathered Thursday evening, Sept. 12, to learn about an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the Rockwood Rising project — which is well into construction.

Questionnaires and applications are now open for anyone interested in joining the Rockwood Rising Market Hall, which will feature local, fresh and ethnic food options to locals and visitors. The curated final mix will include micro-restaurants, ethnic markets and fresh food stalls, as well as communal open seating, office space, food storage and a commissary kitchen.

"The reason we are here is because we think we can reflect the food of Rockwood," said Roy Kim, developer of the Rockwood Rising project. "It's very rare to be able to put this all under one roof."

The goal for the Market Hall is to have diversity in cuisine type, menu and concept.

"We aren't going to have businesses that compete with each other," Kim said. "If someone has the best burrito ever, we don't want to bring in someone else's best burrito."

Regardless of business experience, interested vendors are encouraged to fill out the questionnaire, which will place them on a master list for the project. The questionnaire, and more information, can be found at downtownrockwood.com.

Anyone who needs assistance in putting together their application, or for their local business, should reach out to Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon. The nonprofit organization, which will have a presence at Rockwood Rising when completed, offers free consultations and advice to burgeoning businesses.

"Many of you are really good at what you do, you just need the tools to elevate to the next level," said Carmen Madrid, with MESO.

Learn more at mesopdx.org or call 503-841-3351.

The Market Hall is expected to be completed in early 2021.


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