Creator of New York City’s Gansevoort Market and Atlanta’s Chattahoochee Food Works

Partners on 25,000 square foot

Food Hall Development and Rooftop Bar at

 The Mosaic at Eastern Market

Local partners team up with Robert Montwaid to preserve and strengthen the presence of the historic district


DETROIT, MI (February 16, 2022) – Robert Montwaid, the founder and creator of Gansevoort Market in New York City and Chattahoochee Food Works in Atlanta, GA, has signed a lease agreement to create an expansive food hall covering 25,000 square feet plus an additional 4,000 square foot rooftop bar in the Eastern Market District at 3500 Riopelle Street in the former Detroit Water Department building newly named The Mosaic at Eastern Market.


Slated to open in 2023, in partnership with Detroit-based VENTRA Group, LLC & HALCOR Developers, the six-acre site will be redeveloped into a unique and iconic destination that will enhance the existing spirit of the historic Eastern Market core. In addition, the property will provide an eclectic culinary and retail destination for nearby residents and visitors from throughout the region. The $33 million project is expected to start construction this year and be completed in 2024. LonedinerUSA is managing the leasing.


Montwaid is known for creating food hall concepts that adopt the character of their chosen cities and neighborhoods. He has mastered the art of transforming substantial warehouse buildings into hip and welcoming venues for multiple small and independent business owners to lease stall spaces for culinary or retail market concepts. His creative visions include welcoming, family-friendly atmospheres with ample public seating, large indoor and outdoor event space, and curated bar and lounge areas. He is also known for incorporating artistic elements into his projects by intermixing murals and innovative video technology. 


“Eastern Market is the one place in Detroit that brings people from throughout the region to the same place each week, and we expect to offer something special in this area that our guests have never seen before,” said Montwaid. “We think this is the perfect location for a family-friendly food hall that will feature talented small and independents chefs from the local Detroit area and the region.”


The food hall is the first tenant at The Mosaic at Eastern Market, a $33 million, 100,000 square-foot mixed-used project being developed as the hotspot for creatives and entertainment in Eastern Market. The open-concept format of the Mosaic will feature custom-designed spaces for tenants, soaring 30-foot ceilings, mezzanines, and a meandering corridor that will lead visitors through restaurant offerings, interactive maker space, local food-related retailers, and a creative office component supported by approximately two acres of convenient, onsite parking. In addition, the facility is being reimagined for an exciting new array of tenants from Detroit’s creative community.

About Robert Montwaid

Developer Robert Montwaid was the creator of New York’s Gansevoort Market and is the owner and creator of Chattahoochee Food Works, a 22,000 square foot food hall at The Works, a food and retail development on Atlanta’s Upper Westside in partnership with Andrew Zimmern, Emmy winning and four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality and chef. Montwaid crafts unique food community experiences for guests in city markets.


Montwaid parlays his creative visions into a welcoming, family-friendly spot with ample public seating, large indoor and outdoor event space, curated bar and lounge areas, and artistic elements that showcase a market’s history and character with murals intermixed with innovative video technology. 


Montwaid is the former creator and owner of one of the top ten nightclubs globally, The Pink Elephant, which formally occupied spots in New York City, the Hamptons, Mexico, and Brazil. As of the mid-2000s, Montwaid began to move out of the nightclub industry and focus on blending over twenty years of craft cocktail and entertainment experience with his real estate and branding knowledge.


Montwaid creates food hall concepts characteristic of their chosen cities and neighborhoods. He has mastered transforming substantial warehouse buildings into hip and welcoming venues for small or independent business owners to lease stall spaces for culinary or retail market concepts. 

Montwaid, originally from the northeast, currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.


About The Mosaic at Eastern Market

The Mosaic at Eastern Market is being developed as the creative hub of Eastern Market and a welcoming gathering place for innovators, entrepreneurs, musicians, chefs, foodies, families, and friends. Custom-designed spaces are available for tenants of all sizes. The venue will feature soaring 30+ foot ceilings and mezzanines, restaurant offerings, food-related retailers, entertainment venues, outdoor gardens, and patio nodes, along with a dynamic rooftop patio. The Mosaic will also support the creative community by offering state-of-the-art space for many small and medium creative businesses. Come. Connect. Be part of the Mosaic.


Media Contact

Via Failla Public Relations | Valerie Failla | | @via_faillapr


Leasing Contact

Lonediner USA | Jeffrey S. Fill, Director of Leasing | | 248-224-1100

The Mosaic at Eastern Market