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Food hall to bring new experience to BullStreet

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A new food and beverage concept is coming to the BullStreet District.  

Sanctuary Food Hall is slated to open in 2023 in the BullStreet District's historic chapel. (Rendering/Provided)Sanctuary Food Hall is seeking local businesses, from food trucks looking to open a brick-and-mortar location to restaurants in search of a place to expand, to join its curated eatery collection. The food hall, a project from Atlanta-based Creative Culinary Ventures LLC, is slated to open in 2023 with approximately 19,000 square feet of space for vendors ranging from micro-enterprises to full-service restaurants and bars.    

Creative Culinary Ventures developed a similar concept with the Marietta Square Market Food Hall outside of Atlanta.  

“Based on our experience developing Marietta Square Market Food Hall, we know that a concept like this creates opportunities for locals to connect with smaller, distinctive food and beverage vendors who might not otherwise have a formal location,” Ed Lee, founder of Creative Culinary Ventures, said in a news release. “It also creates an opportunity for expansion for existing full-service restaurants in a prime downtown district.”  

Sanctuary Food Hall will be an adaptive reuse of the Chapel of Hope, located in the center of the 181-acre mixed-use BullStreet District, former site of the S.C. State Hospital. The chapel is situated on Pickens Street near Segra Park, The Babcock Building, being renovated into luxury apartments, and the in-the-works WestLawn mixed-use building.  

The renovated chapel will feature an outdoor green space for dining, live music and events, and its mezzanine will be available for private events and/or community seating.  
“What we envision is an assortment of eateries that offer a wide variety of food and drink options, spanning many food cultures that reflect Columbia’s remarkable diversity,” Lee said. “Patrons will be able to pop in for a quick bite or make it a full-blown culinary experience by meeting up with friends and family and sampling dishes from multiple vendors. We see Sanctuary Food Hall as a place where people can get that wonderful feeling of becoming regulars, making friends with the people behind the food, and supporting an array of creative small businesses in the process.” 

Vendor information is available online at 

Reach Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.

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