Time Out Market Montreal was one of the most anticipated openings in the city. Being such a foodie and social city, the food hall trend makes total sense. But like so many restaurants and culinary experiences, 2020 was not the year that they had hoped for.\nMedia-company-turned-culinary-curators, Time Out ventured into the food hall business with its flagship location in Lisbon in 2014.\nSince then, it has opened markets all over North America and is currently working on locations in London, Dubai, and Praha.\nAll seemed to be going well, until the doors were forced to shut in March 2020, less than four months after its initial opening. Like the rest of the world, COVID-19 lead Time Out to open all of its doors, including here in Montreal.\nBut as the world gets ready to get back to normal (or at least the "new normal"), many are left to wonder how businesses are going to keep customers and employees safe from the virus and any future viruses, especially the restaurant business.\nWe spoke to Didier Souillat, CEO of Time Out Market, about what the future holds for the Montreal location.\nAnswers have been condensed and edited for clarity.\nWhat measures is Time Out Market Montreal enacting to ensure health and safety for vendors, employees, and guests?\nView this post on Instagram For the past 9 months, we’ve had the immense privilege of working with Time Out Market to launch their Montréal market. Today, they officially opened their doors! 16 restaurants, 3 bars, 1 demo kitchen, a retail shop and a cooking school - @timeoutmarketmontreal really does celebrate the best of the city under one roof! 📸 @patriciabrochuphotographe & @jfgalipeau #TimeOutMarketMontreal #RosePR 🌹 . . . . . . . . #ClientLove #TimeOut #MTLMoments #MTL #514 #PR #SocialMedia #Centreville A post shared by Rose PR (@arose_pr) on Nov 14, 2019 at 1:22pm PST\nTime Out Market Montreal is designed in a way that will ease some of the concerns people have as the world begins to reopen:\n\n\nAt 40,000 square feet, we have ample space to comply with social distancing rules.\n\n\nLarge open space with high ceilings and advanced technology allows for air circulation & air filtration system.\n\n\nContactless options for ordering, paying and delivery. \n\n\nOpen kitchens allowing customers to view their meal as it is prepared and delivered.\n\n\nStrict sanitation policies and systems are in place.\n\n\n\n\nA big part of the food hall experience is communal seating and walking freely from stall to stall. How will that change once the hall reopens?\n View this post on Instagram Faisons un retour là où tout a commencé ! Le tout premier #TimeOutMarket est @timeoutmarketlisboa. Depuis son ouverture en 2014, cet espace célèbre invite les locaux et les voyageurs du monde entier à découvrir le meilleur de Lisbonne. Récipiendaire de plusieurs prix, Time Out Market Lisbonne est devenu l’attraction la plus visitée du Portugal. Maintenant, cette formule magique se transporte à #Montréal Throwback to where it all began! The very first #TimeOutMarket is @timeoutmarketlisboa. Since opening in 2014, this celebrated space has become Portugal's most visited attraction, inviting locals and travelers from all over the world to discover the best of Lisbon – and winning several awards in the process. Now that magic formula is headed to #Montreal A post shared by Time Out Market Montréal (@timeoutmarketmontreal) on Jun 16, 2019 at 9:18am PDT\n\n \nWe are dedicated to creating an environment that follows government regulations along with the required health and safety protocols of Sante Montréal, while also still providing an enjoyable dining experience for guests.\n\n\nHow are the needs of a food hall reopening different from a typical restaurant? Will all of your vendors be returning?\nFood halls, like Time Out Market, have the advantage of space that allows for more guests when complying with social distancing guidelines.\nFor us, we are proud of having so many partners at Time Out Market Montréal who are an essential part of the local community, and we are able to provide them with a safe and viable location for their business.