Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall opens Aug. 3 in a refurbished hospital building with a lineup of not-your-usual-suspect vendors, some of whom are first-time operators and 75% of whom are minority and women-owned businesses.
Visitors to the food hall will face a wide-range of food-options, from Nepalese street food to Mississippi Delta cuisine, Vietnamese dishes to Southern barbecue, New York style pizza, Mexican taqueria dishes and baked goods.
Opening in the former Cook County Hospital building (1811 W. Harrison St.), the food hall is named for Dr. John B. Murphy, a pioneering surgeon who studied, practiced and ultimately taught at Rush Medical College (like Cook County Hospital, part of the Illinois Medical District) in the late 1800s. The hall is being operated by Hospitality HQ, whose CEO, chef Akhtar Nawab, owns such restaurants as Alta Calidad in New York, Otra Vez in New Orleans and Prather’s on the Alley in Washington D.C.
Chef Akhtar Nawab, CEO of Hospitality HQ, which is opening Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall, says the business model can handle the safety restrictions required in the pandemic era. “We feel that the food hall will be an even stronger model than it has been in the past,” he says. (Jessica Ebelhar)