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Orange County Gets Another Bright New Food Hall to Call Its Own Soon

McFadden Public Market tucks into crowded Santa Ana

Rooster Republic from McFadden Public Market
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

There’s an exciting new public food hall coming to the heart of Santa Ana soon, called McFadden Public Market. The surprise new buildout drops on Main Street in early April, less than two blocks from the existing 4th Street Market.

The newcomer is the work of Leonard Chan and partner Phillip Kwan. Chan is the Orange County guy behind everything from The Iron Press and California Shabu-Shabu to various spots at places inside the Anaheim Packing District and beyond. Now they’re tackling the boom-or-bust Santa Ana market, which is already rife with concepts like coffee house Hopper & Burr and dinner destinations Playground and Irenia.

McFadden Public Market will take a decidedly late night tone, with an on-site arcade bar called Mission Control that will serve drinks alongside the video games. You’ll otherwise be able to dine at four other concepts within, including one called Rooster Republic that does fried chicken and another called Bone Stock that offers a modern take on Vietnamese food. There’s Tacos en tu Boca for a cross-cultural take on tacos, and Milk Man for ice cream. Elsewhere on the drinks side will be Under Control, a craft cocktail bar and lounge for live music.

McFadden Public Market officially comes in April, but will start operating with limited hours in a soft open sort of way beginning April 8. (Update: After some last-minute setbacks, the market has announced that they are pushing the soft opening to April 8, with a grand opening sometime later). After that, expect daily hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., plus longer for the bars.

McFadden Public Market
515 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA