Dr. Phillips Charities has chosen a partner to operate its upcoming 17,300 SF Southern Box Food Hall in its massive Packing District development just west of College Park.


Hospitality HQ, headed by Chef Akhtar Nawab (Website), was selected to lead the project, which will be housed in a reinvigorated/adapted version of the historic Southern Box building near the corner of Orange Blossom Trail and Princeton Street.

Hospitality HQ currently operates similar dining projects in multiple cities across the country, including Alta Calidad in Brooklyn, Otra Vez in New Orleans, Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall in Chicago, Patchwork at the Hyatt Centric in Philadelphia, and Marble City Market in Knoxville.

We are thrilled to have Chef Akhtar and his team on board with The Packing District Food Hall,” said Ken Robinson, President/CEO of Dr. Phillips Charities. “Through a national search, we discovered HHQ and believe their commitment to a high quality, chef-driven experience aligns with our vision for the food hall. They understand our deep history in this area and are focused on identifying and supporting local chefs and providing them the opportunity to start or grow their business.”

The new food hall will be home to 11 vendors that will be curated by Hospitality HQ.

Click HERE to see some more early renderings of the food hall by project architect dap Design.

Brendan O'Connor

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