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Some of OC’s Best Chefs Join this Massive New Food Hall Project

Mess Hall Market opens at Tustin Legacy in January 2019

Mess Hall Market renderings
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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

An established group of Southern California chefs has joined a forthcoming Orange County food hall called Mess Hall Market. The food hall will be located at Tustin Legacy, the massive 1,600-acre community that already has shopping, housing, and entertainment. Mess Hall Market is slated to open in January 2019.

Commercial real estate firm Lincoln Property Company broke ground in July 2017 and recently curated nine food stalls for the 12,000 square-foot space. Mess Hall Market is Tustin Legacy’s FLIGHT section, with car accessible streets and a Metrolink station nearby.

Mess Hall Market’s tenants include Slapfish’s Andrew Gruel, Anepalco’s Danny Godinez, and Vaka Burger’s Aaron J. Perez. Mess Hall Market will be in a single building on the edge of the property near Tustin Legacy Park. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Mess Hall Market will sport an airy indoor dining area and a wide tree-filled outdoor patio. Trails and open space surround the building.

Outdoor space for FLIGHT at Tustin Legacy
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Gruel plans to open a Slapfish location, along with a second unnamed restaurant. Anepalco’s chef Godinez is known for combining traditional Mexican ingredients with French techniques, and plans to have a full bar. Perez’s signature Vaka Burger and duck-confit grilled cheese will be available. Gruel and Perez both launched former food trucks and turned their roving businesses into brick and mortar restaurants. Gruel was also a judge on the Food Network’s Food Truck Face Off and hosted FYI’s Say It To My Face.

Remaining tenants include the Tustin-based organic coffee and juice bar Lost Bean. Lost Bean founder Bodie Rasmussen will open a second stall dedicated to street food called The Little Greek. Santa Ana’s Sandwich Society is on soup, sandwich, and salad detail. Laguna Beach’s Another Kind Cafe will provide Vietnamese food, and an unnamed dessert and food business will take up the final slot.

Mess Hall Market
1705 Flight Way
Tustin, CA