BookWatch: The next anchor at your mall could be a food hall

As department stores struggle, a new type of tenant may take their place: food halls.

“Food will be an anchor tenant for many major real-estate developments in this country,” said Damian Mogavero, a culinary industry insider who spoke to MarketWatch ahead of the publication of his book “The Underground Culinary Tour: How the new metrics of today’s top restaurants are transforming the way America eats.”

Food halls — think a number of restaurants, bars and more under one roof — play to the trend of food lovers seeking high-quality ingredients in a more casual setting. Menus are smaller and for restaurant owners, costs are lower.

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