Irvine is known for its chain restaurants, a good UC school, clean wide highways and planned housing communities. But a new food hall called Trade, scheduled to open later this summer, may turn the city into a real food destination.
Developed by the Lincoln Property Company, Trade is located a block from John Wayne Airport on Michelson Drive. It’s surrounded by industrial buildings and a Serbian Orthodox church, in the middle of an existing shopping center that currently has a Subway and a Domino’s Pizza. This is not where you’d expect to find a new food hall devoted to independent vendors making tacos, fried chicken and banh mi sandwiches.