A food market has opened inside the historic Whitehall Mill building in Hampden. Screengrab via Google Street View.

The Whitehall Market opened last week inside the Whitehall Mill, a historic flour mill in Hampden.

The former mill on Clipper Hill Road dates back to 1798 and the building is already home to apartments, offices and an oyster restaurant. Now, it has added a 18,000-square-foot food market and private events space to its offerings.

“When we embarked on the revitalization of this incredible site, we knew a market would bring great food and camaraderie to the community,” David Tufaro, founder of Terra Nova Ventures, the developer behind the project, said in a statement.

Tufaro said the Whitehall Market is “not another food court.”

“We’ve preserved the legacy of what markets used to be and now Whitehall Market provides a thoughtful eating and shopping experience for our great city of Baltimore,” he said.

The Baltimore Business Journal reported that as of Thursday three vendors had already set up shop in the marketplace: tea shop Wight Tea Co., run by brother-and-sister duo Joseph and Brittany Wight; Gundalow Gourmet, from Dana Sicko’s boutique catering and personal chef business; and Firefly Farms Market, whose western Maryland farm and market serve cheeses and other assorted foods.

Other vendors that will be joining the market include Crust by Mack from chef and baker Amanda Mack; Homebody General Store, from artist Ann Parker; a fifth location for Ceremony Coffee; and the second location of Cocina Luchadoras, a family-run Mexican restaurant in Fells Point.

The Heritage restaurant will also open in another part of the market under the leadership of Chef Rey Eugenio.

The market is offering curbside pick-up and takeout from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. It plans to expand its hours and services once more coronavirus-related restrictions are lifted.

Staff and customers must wear masks to enter, and the market has implemented physical distancing measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.

In addition to the food market, the Whitehall Mill building is home to the True Chesapeake Oyster Co. restaurant; the Penguin Room private event space; studio, loft, and one-bedroom apartments; and more than 23,000 square feet of office space, according to the mill’s website.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...