The Bourse Food Hall — which will be a collection of 30 vendors in the grand, century-old building on the east side of Independence Mall (Fifth Street between Chestnut and Market Streets) — is ever so slowly beginning to open.

The first out of the gate is Menagerie Coffee, an offshoot of April Nett and Elysa DiMauro's shop two blocks away. It's serving coffee now and will add breakfast sandwiches in the next week or so.

I'm hearing of imminent soft openings by Bronze Table by Vera Pasta (a made-to-order-pasta jawn); Lalo (a Filipino comfort-fooder from localites Neal Santos, Jillian Encarnacion, and Resa Mueller); Mighty Melt (a grilled-cheese partnership between Mighty Bread Company's Chris DiPiazza and Stargazy's Sam Jacobson); Penzeys Spices (a spice shop); and Takorean (a Korean/Latin hybrid with roots in the D.C. area).

The entire operation is expected to be open for a November grand opening.

Hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The Bourse's renovation combined historic preservation with a full restoration to the entrances on both Fourth and Fifth Streets, and the Ranstead Street entrance, which has not been open in more than 75 years.

The Bourse will join an up-and-coming neighborhood, including the new P.J. Clarke's bar in the Curtis at Sixth and Walnut Streets, and a forthcoming Wawa at Sixth and Chestnut Streets.