Vendors Needed at Upcoming Goombay Plaza in Coconut Grove
It's full steam ahead for MKTplace at Goombay Plaza, the community food market at Grand and Douglas in Coconut Grove – and they're looking for food vendors in time for a planned Sept. 2 pop-up market. Market manager Nick Bernal says site clearing is the next step for the lot, located on the historic corner and owned by descendants of Coconut Grove's earliest settlers.
Bernal says the community-driven market concept will showcase a variety of prepared cuisine, including barbecue, paletas, Bahamian food and other local dishes. This public space aims to support entrepreneurs, so food vendors can get guidance and expertise as well as affordable space. MKTplace at Goombay Plaza aims to make the corner a gathering place for all with food, drink and socializing, flavored with the rich history of the Grove. Vendors can apply here.
When it's fully operational in the fall, MKTplace will feature five shipping containers – currently being prepared – for lease; plus kiosks, tables and other spaces. Amenities include wifi, security, bathrooms, a bar, off-street parking and storage space. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation-funded project will use the University of Miami School of Architecture's expertise in creating the gathering place.
After the Sept. 2 pop-up, Bernal hopes to have the market fully running in October. Find out more here.