In addition, The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English will offer a range of international specialty foods such as olives and olive oils, vinegars, spices, gourmet coffee, teas and cocoas, artisan jams and sauces. Other merchandise offerings will include cookware, linens and home goods. The open kitchens of the Food Hall will also serve as venues for interactive events such as cooking demonstrations, wine classes, wine and cheese events and book signings.
We're truly excited by the concept of an upscale food hall in New York but did it have to be in The Plaza? Yet, we understand the business thinking behind it. The owners of The Plaza are obviously trying to draw foot traffic to their retail level and it is an ideal location to trap tourists looking for a bite to eat. Plus, Todd can't really open a restaurant at the St. Regis, can he?