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Locals Await Reopening of Market House

Jul 11, 2011 03:51PM ● By Anonymous

From the City of Annapolis, MD website:

Mayor Joshua J. Cohen is pleased to announce that nine vendors have signed short-term leases to be a part of the grand reopening of the Market House on Monday, July 11. This lineup will provide a mix of food options, including a raw bar and grocery, as well as maps and artwork through the end of the year. 

The temporary lineup reflects the commitment of the Mayor and City Council to bring into the historic downtown market locally owned businesses that offer high-quality merchandise at a reasonable cost. After an open application period for short-term vendors, the City and new interim Market House Manager Richard Sharoff of FranPoint Partners LLC reviewed all applications, interviewed the potential vendors and selected the short-term market lineup.

The short-term vendors are:

b.b. Bistro: Providing an affordable, quick lunch or dinner made with the highest quality local ingredients. Menu items will include salads, soups, sandwiches, desserts and beverages. b.b. Bistro serves as a liaison between local farmers and customers for local goods.

Chick & Ruth’s Delly: An Annapolis tradition for 46 years, Chick & Ruth’s will serve crab cakes, deli sandwiches and beverages, including their famous milkshakes.  It is home of “The best jumbo crab cake in Maryland.”

Firenzes Coffee & Gelato:  A new concept that offers the sophistication of gelato, a gourmet frozen dessert, along with hot beverages such as coffee, espresso, macchiato, cappuccino and latte.

Jerrie’s on the Shore:  Serving freshly prepared and user-friendly fare for locals, boaters and tourists.  Selections will include curly fries, wings, onion rings, hot dogs and shaved ice.

Maryland Table (will fill two vendor spaces):  Offering unique and original take-home foods and ready-to-eat offering, Maryland Table market will serve as a resource for residents looking for a more sophisticated grocery experience downtown.

Myra’s Popcorn Kitchen: Providing a variety of unique products including gourmet popcorn, caramel apples, cotton candy, and glazed nuts.  Fresh popcorn will be prepared on site.  

Pit Boys Oyster & Raw Bar:
Traditional oyster bar, serving Maryland oysters and clams, crabmeat, and softshell crabs, sourced from local watermen.  

Wimsey Cove (will fill two vendor spaces):  All products are related in some way to Annapolis and the local area.  Historic maps of Annapolis and other nearby places of interest.  Artwork is produced by artists living in Anne Arundel County.  Giftware of the highest quality will be available as souvenirs of historic Annapolis.  

Wok Your Way: Fresh customized fried rice will complement the other City Dock restaurants, providing a great alternative for Annapolis residents and visitors.  Fresh, healthy and nutritious ingredients will be prepared to taste for a fast balanced meal.

“I am excited about the initial lineup of vendors,” Mayor Cohen said. “We are getting the Market House back to its roots of having local folks selling good food at affordable prices, some of which, like crab cakes, oysters and local produce, will have a real Chesapeake connection.”

Additionally, nonprofit organizations will be assigned space in Market House on a rotational basis. It is expected that Market House visitors will be treated to a wide variety of high quality groups in this venue.

The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau will have a satellite office at the market, where tourists and residents can receive information about events and activities in the city.

The Department of Public Works is heading a team of City employees and outside contractors who are working diligently to meet the Mayor’s timetable to reopen on July 11. The Market House’s hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, through the Annapolis Boat Shows in October, at which time the hours may be changed.