Kroger is known for throwing new concepts into the ring, and when it announced its new food hall concept in July, ears perked up. This first-ever food hall, dubbed On The Rhine Eatery, has just opened and is located in downtown Cincinnati, taking up two stories and over 52,000 square feet.
"On The Rhine Eatery features emerging restaurants and true tastes of Cincinnati—all hand-picked by Kroger's culinary team to create a popular hangout for meals, cocktails, and community," Teri Rose, Senior Director of Culinary Development, said in a press release. "Cincinnati is Kroger's hub for culinary innovation and experimentation, and the food hall is an example of the types of concepts and ideas we're creating every day."
The On The Rhine Eatery can house 200 customers and offers both indoor and outdoor seating, and a full-service bar featuring local beers, signature cocktails, wine, and Kentucky bourbons. The food hall includes the following restaurants:
"Kroger is thrilled to introduce our first food hall and offer a one-of-its-kind shopping experience in our hometown of Cincinnati, providing a convenient location to experience delicious, quality meals and foods. This innovative destination highlights Kroger's food-first culture," said Rodney McMullen, Chairman and CEO. "Kroger's new store offers something for everyone. We invite all to visit the store to meet our wonderful associates, shop for fresh groceries, and discover their new favorite restaurant."
Located in downtown Cincinnati, about a block away from the retailer’s national headquarters, the food hall is set to attract urban workers and residents, who are eager to partake in the retailer’s foodservice offerings. The two-level food hall features a traditional Kroger grocery store with fresh produce, grab-and-go meals, ready-to-heat meals, and more. But it is the dining experience featuring numerous regional favorites that consumers are most excited about.
Will the new food hall bring in more consumers and expand Kroger’s foodservice capabilities? Keep reading Deli Market News for the latest.