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Three Great NOLA Restaurants Joining Pythian Market

By Green Coast on 20 Dec 2017

When Pythian Market’s Amy Chan began planning the menu for the Pythian Market, she wanted to make sure the choices reflected the city’s culinary culture, and that vendors were already familiar names to New Orleanians. Her hard work has been paying off and the market recently announced that Ancora Pizzeria, Central City BBQ and 14 Parishes would have stalls in the food hall.

“This isn’t going to be an incubator for food businesses,” Chan says. “We want to create a market with a wide-appealing menu with delicious food, so it makes sense to have trusted names delivering great cuisine that locals love and tourists will want to try.”

The market will be located in the historic Pythian Building (234 Loyola Ave), which is a mixed-use project that combines retail, office, medical office, and housing. Green Coast, ERG Enterprises, which is owned by Dr. Eric George, and Crescent City Community Land Trust are the Pythian Building’s co-developers.

Chan says that the market is expected to open sometime in February.

Ancora owner, Chef Adolfo Garcia has been a New Orleans success story for many years, and boasts a number of well-known restaurants including Ancora Pizzeria and Salumeria, La Boca, Gusto, and High Hat Cafe.

“Expectations for the market will be high with so many good restaurants in the city, but I’m sure we’ll satisfy those expectations,” Garcia says.“For us, the market is a different service because it’s quicker, and it’s going to be hyper-focused on the pizzas and couple of good wines and good beer.”

Lauren Johnson-Blake owns 14 Parishes with her husband and Chef Charles Blake, and says that their Pythian stall will offer many of the Jamaican restaurant’s standards such as jerked chicken, oxtail stew, and chicken in curry sauce. Johnson-Blake says the Pythian Market allows the couple to offer their food to a larger audience while avoiding the many requirements of opening a new bricks and mortar location.

“There will be lots of locals because of the surrounding businesses, but there will also be many tourists, and I’d love to reach those people who live on the other side of the world,” says Johnson-Blake.

Central City BBQ has been open for just a year, but it has already been called, “the best barbecue restaurant New Orleans has ever seen,” by the Times Picayune food critic, Brett Anderson. Paul McGoey, who is a consultant with Central City BBQ, says that the historic setting will add to the market’s appeal.

“Food halls are the wave of the future,” McGoey says. “People want an event and an experience, and they will get it here with creative food and they’re going to get it in an environment they’ve haven’t seen before. And there’s a bar.”

McGoey is referring to the 1908, the market’s bar, which Chan says will provide grab-and-go crafted frozen drinks, local spirits, wines and artisan cocktails. She adds that the food vendors will also offer alcohol choices that complement their food menus.

With 1908 and the three new vendors, Chan says the market is working with leasing agent Ivan Echegarrua and there are a limited number of stalls remaining in the market, which will open early next year. Frenchcheeze, which offers an on-the-go eclectic and delectable menu of sandwiches and other items; Squeezed, which offers fresh juices and more; and La Cocinita, which specializes in Venezuelan cuisine, announced earlier in the year that they would be part of the market.

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