Large Latin Marketplace planned for Union Market development

On June 13, chef Jose Garces joined D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, along with a handful of elected officials and real-estate developers, to break ground on a new mixed-use project at 1270 4th St. NE. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
On June 13, chef Jose Garces joined D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, along with a handful of elected officials and real estate developers, to break ground on a new mixed-use project at 1270 4th St. NE. At the development, Garces will open a 20,000-square-foot Latin market. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)

The area surrounding Union Market was once the city’s go-to destination for food, but in recent decades has been neglected. The Latin market will anchor an 11-story mixed-use building comprised of 400 residential units and 30,000 square feet of retail at 1270 4th St. NE. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17:  Chef Jose Garces leads the Seasonal Vegetables-Spanish Lens class at The 8th Annual New York Culinary Experience Presented By New York Magazine And The International Culinary Center - Day 2 at New York Culinary Experience on April 17, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for the New York Culinary Experience )
Chef Jose Garces is a Philadelphia-based James Beard award-winning chef. He owns and operates more than a dozen restaurants across the country, including Rural Society in the Loews Madison Hotel on 15th Street in Northwest D.C. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for the New York Culinary Experience )

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 17:  A general view at the La Boqueria St. Joseph market at  La Ramblas on July 17, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Garces says he’s drawing inspiration from other famous Latin markets, such as La Boqueria in Barcelona and the famous fish markets of Lima. Pictured: Barcelona’s La Boqueria market. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 17:  A general view of the La Boqueria St. Joseph market at  La Ramblas on July 17, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Garces says he’s drawing inspiration from other famous Latin markets, such as La Boqueria in Barcelona and the famous fish markets of Lima. Pictured: Barcelona’s La Boqueria market. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Similar to Union Market, a 25,000-square-foot space that is home to 40 regional and international food vendors, Garces plans to use his market as a place to promote emerging food businesses. Union Market opened on 5th Street in 2012. (Courtesy Andrew Schwartz)

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 30: Eric Holder visits the Red Apron during the Thread event at Union Market on November 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Thread)
Similar to Union Market, a 25,000-square-foot space that is home to 40 regional and international food vendors, Garces plans to use his market as a place to promote emerging food businesses. Union Market opened on 5th Street in 2012. Red Apron is just one of the market’s vendors. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Thread)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 03: General view of Edens Celebrates Re-Opening Of Union Market With 1st Annual Sunday Supper on June 3, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Edens)
The Union Market area has a rich history. It was once considered the city’s go-to destination for food, but in past decades has been neglected. The revitalized Union Market opened in 2012. A sign in the food hall details the market’s history. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Edens)

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 06: American Chef Jose Garces attends Food Network Magazine Chicago Lounge at Mercat a la Planxa in the Blackstone Hotel on March 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images for Hearst)
In addition to the Latin market, chef Jose Garces is also opening his bourbon bar Village Whiskey in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images for Hearst)

Rendering of the future Angelika Film Center at Union Market.  (PRNewsFoto/EDENS) THIS CONTENT IS PROVIDED BY PRNewsfoto and is for EDITORIAL USE ONLY**
Union Market opened in 2012. Since then, the independent movie theater Angelika Pop-Up, Dolcezza’s gelato factory, Lab 1270 and the upscale Italian restaurant Masseria have opened within blocks of the main market. This is a rendering of the future Angelika Film Center at Union Market. (PRNewsFoto/EDENS via The Associated Press)

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On June 13, chef Jose Garces joined D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, along with a handful of elected officials and real-estate developers, to break ground on a new mixed-use project at 1270 4th St. NE. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17:  Chef Jose Garces leads the Seasonal Vegetables-Spanish Lens class at The 8th Annual New York Culinary Experience Presented By New York Magazine And The International Culinary Center - Day 2 at New York Culinary Experience on April 17, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for the New York Culinary Experience )
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 17:  A general view at the La Boqueria St. Joseph market at  La Ramblas on July 17, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 17:  A general view of the La Boqueria St. Joseph market at  La Ramblas on July 17, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 30: Eric Holder visits the Red Apron during the Thread event at Union Market on November 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Thread)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 03: General view of Edens Celebrates Re-Opening Of Union Market With 1st Annual Sunday Supper on June 3, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Edens)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 06: American Chef Jose Garces attends Food Network Magazine Chicago Lounge at Mercat a la Planxa in the Blackstone Hotel on March 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images for Hearst)
Rendering of the future Angelika Film Center at Union Market.  (PRNewsFoto/EDENS) THIS CONTENT IS PROVIDED BY PRNewsfoto and is for EDITORIAL USE ONLY**
November 29, 2021 | A large Latin market lands at Union Market (WTOP's Rachel Nania)

WASHINGTON — Hold on to your forks: Things are about to get a whole lot tastier at Union Market.

The Northeast D.C. district is adding a 20,000-square-foot Latin market, designed and curated by celebrity chef Jose Garces.

“Latin food has been a part of my fabric for my whole life,” Garces said at the market’s groundbreaking ceremony on June 13, where he was joined by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Now, he wants to weave the choice cuisine into the lives of Washingtonians.

With the yet-to-be-named market at 1270 4th St. NE — just one block from Union Market’s main food hall — Garces hopes to create “a dynamic culinary center … celebrating the richness and diversity of Latin cuisine and culture.”

Garces says he’s drawing inspiration from other famous Latin markets, such as La Boqueria in Barcelona and the famous fish markets of Lima. His concept will carry top-quality Latin products and showcase ready-to-eat foods.

“It could be anything from a great taqueria, a ceviche bar, an empanada stand, as well as great wines, cheeses that are curated by myself, personally,” said Garces, who spoke on D.C.’s growing Hispanic population as another reason for launching a Latin-focused market.

Similar to Union Market, a 25,000-square-foot space that is home to 40 regional and international food vendors, Garces plans to use his market as a place to promote emerging food businesses.

“I’m looking to add to the beauty of what has become a really rich dining destination, here in Washington, D.C.,” he said.

Garces’ market is part of a larger project from the real estate development company Edens, which owns several lots in the area that was once the city’s go-to destination for food, but in recent decades has been neglected. The Latin market will anchor an 11-story mixed-use building comprised of 400 residential units and 30,000 square feet of retail.

This is not the Philadelphia-based chef’s first project in the nation’s capital. Two years ago, Garces opened the Argentine steakhouse Rural Society; this year he is bringing his bourbon bar Village Whiskey to Shaw’s Blagden Alley.

“It feels like D.C. has had a really nice renaissance of great chefs that are opening, so to be a part of that feels really good,” said Garces, a James Beard award-winning chef who owns and operates more than a dozen restaurants across the country. Garces is also one of eight chefs to hold the prestigious title of Iron Chef.  

Union Market opened in 2012. Since then, the independent movie theater Angelika Pop-Up, Dolcezza’s gelato factory, Lab 1270 and the upscale Italian restaurant Masseria have opened within blocks of the main market.

Garces’ Latin market is expected to open in 2018.

This content was republished with permission from CNN.

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