Food Halls the Future of Dining
Food Halls the Future of Dining
Apr 14, 2023

Picky eaters, large groups, and foodies rejoice; food halls are on the rise! Food halls have been popping up worldwide, and it’s easy to see why this food trend is thriving and here to stay. Unlike food courts that you’ll find in every local suburban mall, food halls are going into remodeled warehouses and mixed-use buildings right in the middle of the city. So while food courts are there to serve hungry shoppers, food halls are making food the main highlight. 

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The popularity of food halls has been on the rise for the same reason that food trucks are so popular. Food halls are usually filled with highly curated food options that are typically not found in a food court. This alternative method of dining out that provides more variety than traditional restaurants. It is reported that 24% of consumers dine out at least once a week, and almost 25% dine out several times a week. While nearly 50% of people dine out at least once a week, they are looking for more than a cowboy burger from a chain restaurant; they are searching for unique, delicious, fast, and affordable food. 

There are many benefits of food halls. You’ll find that no two food halls are precisely the same, making them so exciting to visit. Under one roof, so many types of food vendors and types of cuisines are available. Even the pickiest eater will find the fare to suit the palate. Diners can walk around, create their unique smorgasbord menu for the evening, and join their friends back in a centralized location. Many food halls also feature live music and activities like yard games, making them family friendly. 

Thyme is Money

Is a spot in a food hall right for you? There are many benefits as a vendor. For one, the cost is lower than opening a standalone restaurant. Instead of building a brick-and-mortar restaurant from the ground up, you can focus on just your stand. You can spend that precious time and money choosing your decor, kitchen equipment, and curating your menu. Also, compared to a food truck or traditional restaurant, you don’t have to worry about a vehicle or overall building maintenance.  

While some food hall stalls operate with a traditional front and back of the house, some are forgoing the back of the house, allowing customers to watch their food being made! Ovention Ovens are perfect for both of these setups in a food hall. The MiLO is available in a variety of colors, making it a fun showcase piece in your stand. While the Conveyor and Shuttle are powerhouse machines that will help you crank out food during the rush, but are also sleek enough to blend in seamlessly. While the building will provide power and plumbing for your mini-restaurant, installing costly and loud exhaust vents is unnecessary, as Ovention Ovens are all 100% ventless!

With food halls becoming all-in-one entertainment and food venues, it always means consistent foot traffic. Consistency gives your business exposure without additional marketing (though that always helps). Opening a stall in a gourmet food hall is an excellent opportunity for new business owners wanting to open their own restaurant and a great chance for brick-and-mortar restaurants to reach a new audience. 

What Ovention Oven would best fit your food stall needs? Our team of experts is ready to answer your questions! For other micro restaurant options, check out our Food Trucks on the Roll blog.

Ovention Ovens Make It Easy
Shuttle® NEW 2600! 2000/1600/1200
Shuttle® NEW 2600! 2000/1600/1200

If you value precision and volume, Ovention has the perfect oven to fit your operation. The Shuttle sets the new standard for conveyor ovens everywhere. No other oven can operate as both a conveyor and a closed-cavity oven.

Matchbox® 1718/1313
Matchbox® 1718/1313

Cook a full menu of delicious offerings without an oven hood. The Ovention Matchbox 1718/1313 takes the traditional conveyor oven to a whole new level.

Conveyor 2600/2000/1400
Conveyor 2600/2000/1400

Simple, smart and the right fit for operators looking for a high-throughput conveyor oven. The Ovention Conveyor Oven is the most technologically elegant and operator-friendly conveyor on the market today.

Matchbox® M360 14/12
Matchbox® M360 14/12

Cook a full menu better, faster, and easier. The Ovention Matchbox M360 has Precision Impingement® technology, a unique cooking carousel, and a small footprint, making it the perfect fit for any operation.

Finishing F1400
Finishing F1400

Finish your plates with ease and precision with this robust IR finishing conveyor. Melt, sear, toast, and finish to perfection with this operator-friendly, quiet conveyor.

MiLO® Double/Single
MiLO® Double/Single

Revolutionary infusion of Linear Impingement and Infrared (IR) technologies. Independently controlled top and bottom cavities, each with its own interior light and control panel.


Introducing MiSA; Microwave Speed Assist. Higher quality, higher speed, smaller footprint.

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