BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The long-awaited White Star Market officially opened its doors on Government Street Friday night.
It's high fives all around for the vendors inside the new White Star Market. It's a project that's been in the works for more than three years, a milestone for Mid City planners.
"A huge cornerstone of this entire revitalization of this Government Street area and this corridor that's right through the heart of Baton Rouge," said Jay Ducote, owner of Government Taco.
The road may be on a diet, but the people inside this new space are not.
Chef Jay Ducote's Government Taco is one of nine vendors inside this new food hall. From oysters to ramen, to soul food and gourmet coffee, this is the modern version of a food court.
"You look around and everybody kind of has a different motif, but it all works together as one in this food hall environment," said Ducote.
As these dishes get Insta-famous, developers hope the concept will take off like it has in other cities.
"We've done a lot of travel and food halls have always been our favorite. Lots of favorite ones in New York, some in Atlanta. It's really just hard to recreate that energy when you get when you can walk in a food hall," said Whitney Gaines, developer of White Star Market.
Gaines says she's honored to be a part of Government Street's transformation. White Star Market is part of the 25,000 square foot mixed-use development called Square 46.
"There will be additional retail space, and also apartments and office space," said Gaines.
Friday's Hot Art, Cool Nights street festival helps showcase the growing list of Mid City merchants, businesses that are now banking on the success of the road diet. The goal? Fewer cars and more pedestrians looking to open their wallets.