The development of the Trolley District opens with the first bar in the Eastern market

The first tenant opened in the Trolley District development near Franklin Park.

The first-floor bar, The Railhouse, launched a smooth opening over the weekend in the neighborhood’s East Market building and will be open Thursday through Sunday.

Also, the downstairs underground bar-style bar called Switch is slated to open this weekend in the East Market, said Aubrey Stevens, director of operations for the market, which is housed in the hull for years. 1880 of the old town carriage barn. .

The remaining 11 food and retail stores will start opening in January and February and will continue to open until spring, she said.

“It’s still a construction zone, but it’s starting to happen very quickly,” she said.

The project developer, Connect Realty, signed the final tenants in November for the $ 25 million project.

Programming: American Nut Co., Creole 2 Geaux, Macho Taco, Ohio City Pasta, The Plant Gays, Taste of Greece and Moroccan Street Food, Too Good Eats, Trolley Barn Chicken, Winston’s Coffee & Waffles and Yellow Brick Pizza.

In addition, Boucher et Épicerie will occupy the equivalent of seven stalls with a butcher, a ready-to-eat shop, a fishmonger, a cheese shop, a green grocery store and a beer and wine shop.

The Eastern Market is the largest of five buildings that make up the Trolley District, a development created from the structures that once housed the city’s streetcar operations.

When complete, the neighborhood will also include the Columbus Brewing Co. brewery and beer garden, which is slated to open in the spring.

After that it will be a small building housing a seafood porridge restaurant; a small office building; and a larger building housing four other tenants, including the Mexican restaurant Local Cantina.

Ultimately, the development is also expected to include the Trolley District Apartments, a five-story, 102-unit apartment building located on the southeast corner of Oak Street and Kelton Avenue.

The first tenant of the Trolley District project near Franklin Park, shown here in a photo from May.

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