With so many people laid off and looking for work the Delray Beach Market will provide tons of jobs for people in the community and surrounding areas.
The Delray Beach Market is a new place to make fun memories and eat tasty food, this fantastic food hall could possibly be the new hot spot to frolic with friends and family.
Delray Market held it’s grand opening celebration Saturday and Gov. Ron DeSantis made a surprise appearance.
Florida’s largest food hall, is just a few blocks south of Atlantic Avenue’s dining district. It showcases over 25 unique culinary vendors.
DeSantis and Palm Beach Mayor Dave Kerner took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“He was so cool. You know, it’s really exciting to bring all this business to town, all these job opportunities and really just bringing life back, “said Keith Sanz, director of bands at Atlantic Community High School.
DeSantis sampled pizza and ice cream.
“He sure did. He ate some pizza. He ate some ice cream, “said Craig O’Keefe, managing partner of Click Hospitality, one of the partners behind Delray Beach Market. “We shared a beer in there together, so it was a wonderful time.
DeSantis met a few of the more than 200 employees who have been struggling.
“The governor gave them a sense of pride and understanding that he is going to keep them working was really great, and super big payoff for us to have him here. “said O’Keefe.
Inside, the businesses like Bona Bona Ice Cream and Surry Co. Smoke House left New York because of coronavirus to start over in Delray Beach.
“Their restaurants were shut down. They’ve been depleted. This is an opportunity for them to reestablish their business, “said O’Keefe. “So these were opportunities for people to get back to work and start providing for their families again.”
The grand opening celebration attracted a crowd of thousands.
“It is overwhelming and we need it to stay overwhelming. We need people to come all the time, not just on the first day, ” said Delray Beach resident Genie Deponte.
A new free shuttle goes from the beach to the market, saving people time on their lunch breaks.
Organizers said the balloon animals, superhero shows, doughnut decorating and train rides will all be back one more time Sunday.