The St. Roch Market within the St John Meals Corridor is now a political sequence with new ideas for meals and beverage
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The Design District Food Hall, known as St. Roch Market, has a new name. It is now officially Politan Row St John.
Formerly named after the flagship St. Roch Market in New Orleans, the Magic City location was renamed after an agreement on ownership of names last year following a lawsuit filed by the New Orleans Building Corporation and the City of New Orleans against Bayou Secret in 2018 had been achieved. who operated the St John Food Hall.
Following the deal, St. Roch St John partner Will Donaldson founded a new company, Politan Group, in February 2019, which will own and operate food warehouses. Before being renamed in St John, the company opened a Politan Row in Chicago in May 2019 and one in Houston in November.
“We always knew we had to make the adjustment, and in the end it was a great decision for both parties,” says Donaldson. “The name ‘Politan Row’ represents much more of what we are about. The word ‘Politan’ comes from the Greek root word polis, which translates as ‘a group of citizens’, and one of the things that distinguishes us from Others Food halls are our direct link to the community. Most of our concepts are original and the actual supplier is on-site as the main operator. ”
Photo courtesy Politan Row St John
In St John, the pan-global Food Hall is home to a dozen concepts serving dishes from modern Israeli to pasta. The list includes the sushi spot Itamae, whose cook Valerie Chang was recently named a semi-finalist in the Rising Star Chef category of the James Beard Awards.
In addition to displaying new outdoor signage, Politan Row has improvements to patio furniture and staff uniforms, as well as a color update of some areas inside, including branding and softer lighting.
The Food Hall’s bar, Mayhaw, is now known as Bar Politan. The list of classic libations has been expanded to include more Magic City-inspired cocktails, including St John Winter, a Martinez made from St. George Terroir Gin, Cocchi Americano, Falernum, Luxardo Bianco, and Douglas fir ($ 14). and Biscayne Boulevardier, made with 1792 bourbon, Peychaud’s aperitif, sweet vermouth, and the distilled Mexican spirit Sotol ($ 16).
“We have updated the beverage program as part of our mission,” says Sophie Burton, Beverage Director at Politan Group. “After nearly two years, we wanted to go even further into the St John area and take in the artistic and upscale elements of the community with more specialties.”
Photo courtesy Politan Row St John
The Food Hall’s smoothie and açaí concept is now called Super Fresh, and Kalis Island Spice has been replaced by the newcomer Stage Social. The concept of the Las Vegas couple Jhon Castro and Tiffany Smith offers an all day breakfast menu with hearty sandwiches and seasonal plates.
Parallel to the updates, a new online ordering system will also be introduced, which Donaldson says should be fully functional in the next few months.
According to the Food Hall entrepreneur, Politan Group plans to open locations in two more cities, but details are not yet known.
Politan Row St John. 140 NE 39th St., St John; 786-542-8977; miami.politanrow.com. Sunday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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