Sep 04, 2019
Posted by Dara Brewton • NoDa Nightlife
If you’re already a fan of the 7th Street Market in Uptown, then you are going to love the newly opened Optimist Hall.
Located on Brevard Street, Optimist Hall is 15k square feet of food and drink vendors as well as retail shops inside an old factory building. Not all of the spaces are up and running yet, but there is already enough going on to make a visit well worth it.
The stalls that are currently open for business include:
Bao and Broth
The Spindle Bar
The Dumpling Lady
There are a few others that are in the process of loading in like Papi Queso, Suarez Bakery, and Fonta Flora Brewery.
The whole vibe of the place is great. The super high ceilings combined with the ample indoor and outdoor seating options will keep it from feeling too crowded even after business really gets booming.
There are a lot of long tables to encourage community seating or for accommodating large groups. Plus, those that need a little more seclusion will find a partitioned section of seating, some with comfortable chairs or small couches.
Optimist Hall is also dog-friendly, and it has an excellent deck area that offers a view of Uptown. With the eateries that are already open and The offerings at The Spindle Bar, an after-work happy hour should definitely be on your social calendar. Plus, the food court style set up of the food vendors ensures that everyone can get exactly what they want--no compromises needed.
On my trip to the Hall, I opted for lunch at Bao and Broth which I 100% recommend. The miso ramen was flavorful with just enough of a kick. I also sampled three of the buns: Belly Bun (Chashu pork bell with chili crisp, daikon, and scallion), Bulgogi Bun (bulgogi beef with cucumbers and gochujang), and the Falafel Bun (falafel with seasoned cucumbers, cilantro, and tzatziki). All three buns were delicious but the Belly Bun was top-notch.
Unfortunately, The Spindle Bar was still in the process of setting up shop during my visit, so I had to settle for a glass of water, but I was able to snag a photo of their cocktail menu.
Optimist Hall is open until 9 pm on weekdays and 10 pm on weekends, and it can be reached via the light rail, just get off on the Parkwood Street Station and make a right.