CHELSEA — The owner of the Gansevoort Market plans to open a craft beer and cocktail bar inside the West 14th Street food hall.
The new Gansevoort Hall will serve tasty beverages from an approximately 12- to 14-seat bar at the back of the foodie haven, pending liquor license approval, market founder Chris Reda said.
The food hall, which last year moved from Gansevoort Street to its current space on West 14th Street near Ninth Avenue, doesn’t currently serve alcohol.
“We’re getting people who come there and eat, and then they go somewhere else for a drink,” Reda said. “We’d rather have them stay and eat, have a beer, and stay a little bit longer.”
The bar will serve around 16 draft beers, with a focus on local breweries, Reda noted. In the winter and summer, it will feature “specialty” cocktails like hot toddies and frozen drinks.
The market also plans to open up a skylight above the bar to brighten up the space, he added.
None of the market’s current vendors will be displaced by the approximately 1,200- to 1,500-square-foot bar area, Reda noted.
He hopes to extend the market’s hours of operation when the bar opens within the next three months.
“It was always our idea to incorporate a bar into the market,” he said. “I look at this as another vendor, a bigger vendor, opening up.”