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Food court is latest project coming to Columbia's BullStreet District

Chapel at BullStreet

The former chapel on the BullStreet District property is becoming a food hall, according to City Council member Howard Duvall. Mike Fitts/Staff

COLUMBIA — A food hall that brings multiple cuisines together is the latest project reportedly coming to Columbia's BullStreet District.

The project, similar to a mall food court, would used the former Chapel of Hope Church, according to Columbia City Council Member Howard Duvall, head of the city's Bull Street Commission.

A spokesman for Hughes Development, which is overseeing the 20-year transformation of the district, said it has nothing to announce at this time.

While Duvall said the project is moving along, he had no estimate of when it would be announced or work would begin. The plan is to add onto the existing structure to create more space. 

The project first was reported by WLTX.

Food halls have become more popular in recent years in major cities, providing a different take on the mall food court experience.

In a food hall, several separately operated counters provide different styles of food choices surrounding a common dining area.

It creates a destination where customers can sit down together with dishes from different kitchens, or even try several different foods together in one meal.

In September, the district announced a second apartment project was under construction, called Bennet at BullStreet. It will offer more than 250 apartments with high-end amenities.

Also continuing at the site is the renovation of the Babcock building into apartments despite the setback of a September 2020 fire.

Other projects are under construction across the district, including the WestLawn office building, townhomes and two city parking garages.

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