Beachside city getting new, upscale food and entertainment venue with 12 restaurants

Beachside city getting new, upscale food and entertainment venue with 12 restaurants

A 27,000-square-foot food hall with a dozen restaurants, brewery and private event space is coming to Cocoa Beach.

Cocoa Beach Mercado, described as an upscale, food hall is expected to break ground later this year. Owner Daniel Todd, a Cocoa Beach native, is hoping the venue will be open by Thanksgiving 2025.

“I grew up here. I’m a local. I think this area is starving for new, fresh ideas and I love the way food halls give you the ability to eat five, 10 different types of food and there’s something for everybody.”

What will the food hall, Cocoa Beach Mercado, have in it?

The food hall will have permanent food providers rather than rotating ones.

Todd said he has a few already in place, but is not ready to announce them just yet. However, he did say it will be a variety of cuisines.

“It will be a big mix, all will be different,” he told FLORIDA TODAY. “It will be a really diverse mix of food offerings.”

He’s in talks with a brewery to be a major player at the food hall. The venue also will have a rooftop bar, a private event space that can hold about 125 people and an 8,000-square-foot covered courtyard. The courtyard will be a combination of open green space, tropical landscaping and multiple water features.

The 3,300-square-foot rooftop bar will be on the third level overlooking the Banana River.

Where is Cocoa Beach Mercado located?

The address is 1325 N. Atlantic Ave., which is currently an empty lot.

Cocoa Beach Mercado will be directly across from  an upscale, $388 million Westin-branded resort expected to break ground by mid August.

Family-friendly entertainment also will be offered at Cocoa Beach Mercado

Todd emphasized the venue will not have concerts, but more family-friendly type entertainment featuring small bands, holiday shows and trivia.

“We want it to be really tasteful and well done,” Todd said. “This will be a class act.”

Todd also owns 4th Street Fillin Station

Todd is no strange to the restaurant business.

He owns the popular Cocoa Beach restaurant 4th Street Fillin Station. The former service and gas station is now a gastropub serving tacos, bowls and unique desserts.

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