Launched to promote independent eateries and provide a food-focused gathering space, Foodgarden debuted in 2013 in Tijuana’s culinary district and has since become one of the city’s most well-established food halls. In 2015, Foodgarden opened a second location in the Plaza Rio mall that included an outpost from San Diego’s own Tajima Ramen. Now, Foodgarden is prepping to unveil a third location, slated for a September opening in the east side of the city inside the Alameda Otay Town Center, where Tajima Ramen will again be an anchor tenant.
The 7,500-square-foot space will also include Gianluca Italian Pizzeria, Manna Korean Kitchen, Ishiro Sushi, La Luna Creperie and Bistro, a Chinese eatery called Pandita, and Almanara, which will serve Lebanese cuisine. Foodgarden CEO Ricardo Nevárez Martínez tells Eater that the food hall will be rounded out with a gelato shop, a wine store, a donut bar, a pastry shop, and a central bar pouring aguas frescas, juices, beer and cocktails.
The food hall’s operator is also considering expansion outside of Baja California to other areas of Mexico where it could continue to help develop culinary hubs.