food court


Definition of food court

: an area within a building (such as a shopping mall) set apart for food concessions

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In recent years, Manhattan and Brooklyn real-estate developers and culinary professionals have embraced the food hall, the dining concept that offers a gourmet take on the food courts of suburban malls. Charles Passy, WSJ, "New York City’s Food Hall Trend Migrates to the Suburbs and Beyond," 19 Mar. 2019 Like, for example, by doing things the way they were done at a mall food court coffee shop not so long ago. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "5 Black Fridays at the mall food court," 21 Nov. 2018 The incident, which began about 7:45 p.m., may have begun in a store and spilled outside into the mall’s food court area, Ramirez said. Howard Blume,, "Fight at Ontario Mills mall sparks panic and leads to evacuation," 8 July 2018 Expect more than 150 stores, including department store stalwarts JCPenney and Macy’s, and food court favorites Chick-fil-A and McDonald’s. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio malls provide wide variety of shopping experiences," 11 June 2018 Maxwell Food Centre is another food court with even more stalls selling even more tempting dishes from everywhere across southern Asia. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 The resurgent food court offers an abundance of handheld concoctions, from sake-poached octopus tostadas to fancy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Reif Larsen, The Seattle Times, "LA Reverential: A City’s Chill Spots," 1 Aug. 2018 The celebration in Lincolnshire formally began with the Lincolnshire Community Nursery School Kids Concert, as well as face-painting opportunities, a 5K race, the opening of the festival’s food court and beer tent and many other attractions. Todd Shields,, "Fireworks shows, parade highlight Fourth of July festivities in Lincolnshire and Buffalo Grove," 6 July 2018 Some Bon-Ton employees were patrons of the Grand Avenue mall food court and other businesses on the west end of downtown Milwaukee. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Beyond shopping and jobs, loss of Bon-Ton hits charities, civic events, related businesses," 27 Apr. 2018

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of food court

: an area within a building (such as a shopping mall) where there are many small restaurants that share a large area of tables for their customers

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