ST. GEORGE — The team behind the Meatpacking District's Gansevoort Market is opening an "artisanal" food spot on the Staten Island waterfront.
The Marketplace at Empire Outlets (MRKTPL) will have 12,000 square feet of local and international food spots, with another 3,000 square feet of outdoor dining, and plans to open in late 2017 in the city's first outlet mall.
"The unparalleled benefit that comes from currently operating a market in the Meatpacking District which caters to residents and visitors alike will only add to the lifestyle components that BFC is assembling at Empire Outlets," Joseph Ferrara, partner at Empire Outlets developer BFC, said in a statement.
"We are excited to bring forth a destination that visitors will want to repeat time and time again. This is truly an exciting time for Staten Island."
The MRKTPL will be run by Manny Del Castillo and Jamie Hinojos, the creative director and director of operations at the Gansevoort Market, who re-opened the historic food spot last year.
Empire Outlets — adjacent to the under-construction New York Wheel near the St. George Ferry Terminal — plans to have about 100 stores, a 190-room hotel, food, and a parking garage when it opens in 2017.
Developers said that more than 50 percent of space has already been leased by stores including H&M, Nordstrom Rack, Banana Republic Factory Store, Columbia Sportswear Company, Guess Factory Store, Wilsons Leather, G.H. Bass & Co. and more.