Another week, another major food hall: Mayor de Blasio is spending $185 million to transform the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Building 77, and part of his plan is building a public food hall and manufacturing space on the ground floor. Russ & Daughters is going to be the main attraction, and its facility will include a retail shop (its first outside of Manhattan), a baking space (for finally making bagels in house), and a shipping center, enabling the company to greatly expand its reach. It’s set to open in 2017, after the smoked-fish institution launches another outpost at the Jewish Museum.
Russ & Daughters is the only confirmed food tenant for now: The Brooklyn Navy Yard has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest, looking for "smaller food manufacturing and retail companies, with a strong preference for local and Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE)." Exciting times.