By Laura Smythe Reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal
Wilmington’s Deco Food Hall reopens for indoor and outdoor dining on Monday after a roughly six-month hiatus from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Local developer The Buccini/Pollin Group decided to kick operations back into gear at the 13,000-square-foot concept as some office tenants begin returning to work in the surrounding downtown facilities, said Rich Snyder, Buccini/Pollin’s director of food and beverage.
While the nearly 18-month-old food hall will look largely the same as pre-coronavirus times, he noted, some tables have been removed to comply with Delaware’s 60% occupancy guidelines and there will be no lines permitted at vendor stalls. Transactions will be done via touchless digital menus on customers’ phones. Guests can scan a concept’s associated QR code hung on posters or displayed on table tents.
The food hall also adapted to the coronavirus era by launching new “Deco On The Go” takeout and delivery options on platforms including Grubhub, DoorDash, Uber Eats and Toast. Customers are able to combine orders from Deco’s seven vendors in a single transaction.
The service aims to add convenience for customers experiencing the hassles of pandemic life, Snyder noted. For example, families with parents working from home and kids doing virtual schooling may want different items for dinner, and the service adds that flexibility.