A new report from commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield predicts that food halls—where multiple vendors operate food stalls within a shared space—are well positioned to pivot and grow in the aftermath of COVID-19 and are likely to be among the first in the restaurant sector to bounce back post lockdowns.

“Against this backdrop, it would seem that socially driven food and beverage concepts would be the most vulnerable and that the era of the food hall may be ending abruptly,” reads the report. “Yet, as counter intuitive as this may sound, we see a strong case as to why the exact opposite is true—not just in terms of the ability to survive the immediate challenges posed by the pandemic, but to emerge as one of the dominant forces to rebuild the independent restaurant industry in the post-COVID world.”

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