The Packing District has just announced a new timetable for the opening of its long-awaited food hall project, in the historic Great Southern Box Company building near the corner of Princeton Street and Orange Blossom Trail.

The 13,000+ SF building, which was originally used as a warehouse space by Dr. Phillips’ citrus industry, is in the process of being retrofitted by local architecture firm, dap design. Yes, the name is lower-case on purpose.

Once complete, the new Great Southern Box Company Food Hall will feature eleven vendor stalls, two outdoor patios, a micro-brewery led by Orange County Brewers, and a 5,254 SF event space. The hall will be managed by Chef Akhtar Nawab and his company, Hospitality HQ.

So far, the vendors will include:

  • A Lo Cubano Kitchen – Serving authentic and modern Cuban street food.
  • Poke Fin – Serving poke bowls using high-quality ingredients.
  • Kayos Jamaican Grill – Serving traditional Jamaican dishes using locally-sourced ingredients and with a health-conscious twist.

The Packing District expects the new food hall to open by “early summer,” which, at least in astronomical terms, could be late June or early July.

Brendan O'Connor

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