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Bravery Chef Hall Reopens With a Brand New Oyster Bar

Margaux’s is the latest eatery to join the food hall

Bravery Chef Hall
Claudia Casbarian

Upscale Downtown food court Bravery Chef Hall has reopened, with four new restaurant pop-ups in what the hall is calling Hawker Alley.

The food hall closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. As owners Company of Nomads continue construction on two new projects — a food hall on the west end of Washington Avenue, and a reimagining of the Conservatory, Downtown’s original food hall, in the Galleria area, Hawker Alley will serve as an incubator of sorts to chefs who plan to open more permanent spots once the new projects are completed.

Those pop-ups include a revival of South American restaurant of Andes Café, Indian gastropub Naaco Bread Co., La Villa Tacos from Secret Garden bartender Jonathan Gallardo and José Doñez, and Margaux’s, an oyster bar serving staples like elevated poboys, lobster rolls and fish dip.

Hawker Alley takes over the space formerly occupied by Atlas Diner. Bravery Chef Hall’s original vendors The Blind Goat, BOH Pasta and Pizza, Cherry Block Craft Butcher and Kokoro Sushi have also reopened, as have Bravery Wine Bar, The Secret Garden and Lockwood Station.

In addition, Company of Nomads has launched an initiative called Wellness for Humanity, which operates a Covid-19 testing site in Midtown. Employees of Bravery Chef Hall have been able to get tested regularly thanks to the initiative.