The last 5 years have witnessed an impressive rise in food halls with new markets specializing in international foods popping up in U.S. cities large and small. Dining out is popular with tourists and food is often considered an important part of exploration. The global culinary tourism market valued at $1,116.7 billion in 2019 is expected to grow to a CAGR of 16.8% from 2020 to 2027. Food halls across the country are driving tourism and economic development, revitalizing neighborhoods from Coast to Coast. The new Inlet Market will become a destination drawing new culinary tourism, putting Ocean City on the map of the national foodie movement.
Windsor Resort plans to redevelop the Inlet Village into the Inlet Market Food Hall, offering one of a kind views of the Inlet, Ocean and Assateague while creating a new destination for tourism. With Covid in mind and limited outdoor dining options in Ocean City, the re-concepted Inlet Market will be OC’s first ever open air food hall. Showcasing a lively blend of grab-and-go spots, casual socially distanced communal seating, best of local seafood, craft brews, and stunning views will complement the new idea.
The Inlet Village redevelopment project consists of renovating the existing shopping plaza, opening up the space by removing a 2,500 square foot building currently blocking flow and dramatic views of the Inlet. A new Food Hall Pavilion will be erected for weather protection providing socially distant seating. Existing buildings will be renovated for foodservice use, including utility upgrades, new ansul systems and the plaza deck will be resurfaced. The Inlet Market will benefit from existing amusement park visitors as well as draw boardwalk pedestrian traffic down to the Inlet. There is a plethora of public parking in Inlet Parking and the Worcester Street lots.