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Good news for city kitchens
Cathy Jett reports today in her What’s In Store column that Olde Towne Butcher Lee Russell is looking at expanding his shop into a small grocery market. The expanded store would be one block up or down William Street from his current location, though it doesn’t sound like an exact location has been disclosed.
“It will be a boutique grocery store,” Russell said. “We’re not going to have, like, a half-dozen types of mayonnaise. Maybe one or two. We won’t have a cavernous grocery store, but we’ll probably have everything you need and be able to get in and out pretty quick.”
Downtowners for some time have voiced a desire for a smallish grocery store that could keep them from having to run out to Central Park or Giant in between big weekend shopping trips for odds and ends for weekday meals.
Since Russell opened, I’ve gotten a lot more relaxed in my weekly menu planning, knowing that I can decide just before leaving work that I want to roast a chicken, and make it happen without hauling a cart through a larger store.
Another new business is also trying to cater to the needs of downtown pantries. Foode, across from Whittingham’s on Caroline Street, is a restaurant that includes a small market area where you can buy local honey, homemade tomato sauce, seasonal produce and a few other odds and ends. Check out next week’s Food section to learn more about Foode founders Beth Black and Joy Crump.