The Hall Debuts Made-To-Order Salads, Handmade Gifts

Mid-Market regulars will be pleased to find two new options at The Hall this month.

Graze—which debuted yesterday in the spot Fine & Rare left behind to open their brick-and-mortar space in Lower Polk—offers made-to-order salads for health-conscious worker bees in a hurry. Unlike the trendy food court's other vendors, Graze is owned and operated by The Hall, said general manager Jay Roberts. It aims to offer diners a complete meal at a decent price.

Executive chef Ryan Raaka preparing a salad at Graze. (Photo: Brittany Hopkins/Hoodline)

For $10, patrons can choose one type each of greens, grains, veggies, fruit, a crunchy topping (like croutons or pumpkin seeds) and dressing. Additional proteins, like chicken breast, avocado and cheese, are $2 each. Graze will also offer a selection of pre-made favorites for grab-and-go dining.

Just a couple of kiosks down, The Hall has also debuted a new gift shop, Salvage Garden, which opened earlier this month. Run by Upper Haight resident Matt Linzer, the shop offers a selection of succulents planted in ceramic pots that Linzer crafts by hand. 

Matt Linzer of Salvage Garden. (Photo: Brittany Hopkins/Hoodline)

Salvage Garden sells a variety of other handmade gifts, like earrings, art and home decor. All of them are made by local artists who focus on sustainability and upcycling. Linzer also plans to host planting parties in the shop, and fill custom succulent orders.

Linzer, who started the business earlier this year after selling his work at markets around the Bay Area, is thrilled to have his own shop in an up-and-coming neighborhood. "People come for lunch, see the shop, and think, 'I need a gift or desk plant,'" he said. "Most of the people I meet work in a four-block radius. It's nice to see this development."

With crowds disappearing at the end of the workweek, The Hall has decided to no longer open on weekends, Roberts said. They'll still open their doors for private events, though, and they offer special prices and often waive fees to help local nonprofits take advantage.

The Hall's next community event happens to be tonight, July 22nd. From 5-8pm, 15 percent of bar sales will benefit the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. If you can make it, don't forget to peruse the new salads and succulents between drinks.

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