A former tobacco warehouse in Bermondsey Street - previously used by the Shunt theatre collective - is to be the venue for a new street food market and collection of micro-restaurants.
The plan is a joint venture between Jonathan Downey – owner of Soho's Milk & Honey bar and organiser of Street Feast events in Dalston and Lewisham – and Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of Leon restaurants.
"Together they want to establish the market firmly within the community," according to a document submitted with their planning application.
"They will run a programme at the market to get teenagers involved in food and nutrition and will stage specific events for more socially excluded elderly residents of the borough.
"They will be working on this with Rosie Boycott, Boris Johnson's chair of the London Food Board."
If approved, the indoor market will be open Wednesday to Sunday 12 noon to midnight, with six open-air stalls also proposed.
The market is intended to have a three-year lifespan.
The warehouse will have a mezzanine level occupied by four micro-restaurants, with smaller food stalls and a bar on the ground floor.
Each vendor, as a condition of trading, will be required to hire at least one Southwark resident.
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