Sawmill Market’s 26-Space Local Food Hall Opens

By Rachel Sams, Albuquerque Business First

Ron Davis | Albuquerque Business First

March 17, 2020 – The Sawmill Market food hall, with 18 local restaurant and retail tenants, opened to the public on March 10 at 1909 Bellamah Ave.

The project cost $20 million. Instead of receiving rent, Sawmill Market will charge tenants 8 percent of their sales, according to previous Business First reporting.

The Sawmill Market concept was developed by Jim Long, CEO and founder of Heritage Hotels & Resorts. Local restaurateur Lauren Greene, who owns Grove Cafe & Market with her husband Jason, worked with Heritage on the food hall concept. Albuquerque-based Hart Design and Construction was the general contractor.

The market has four additional tenants set to open later this summer and two additional vacancies ready to be filled. It will also open an outdoor bar later this summer, General Manager Brandon Palmer said.

Palmer described the experience of opening a market while building out the final touches as “chaotic but thrilling” to Business First Reporter Ron Davis this week.

Albuquerque loves restaurants — restaurant stories are always among our most-read news at Business First. Food halls have gained popularity across the country, but they’re very new to the Duke City. Sawmill Market will be one of a wave of food hall concepts, which also include 505 Central and Highlands Central, debuting in the city. Sawmill is backed by one of the Duke City’s best-known developers in Jim Long. We’ll be curious to see what kind of appetite Albuquerque shows for the new offerings.