TRADE is a food hall in Irvine that replaced the Palm Café Food Court. Not only were people there past sundown, but it was also routinely packed. And these customers weren’t just workaday stiffs, but also selfie-taking millennials who Instagrammed and Snapchatted their experience. It’s validation for the property owners who’d sunk $5 million into the revamp. But it also proved that food halls are still very much the rage in Orange County.

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