The culinary resurgence in Central City will continue in the coming months with the opening of Jack & Jake's Public Market (1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-644-4841; www.jackandjakes.com), which is intended to offer fresh, affordable food to the neighborhood. It will open in a 27,000 square foot space in the former Myrtle Banks Elementary School building.
"We've been moving food from local farms to schools since 2011, and now we're about to complete the other piece of the puzzle," says founder and CEO John W. Burns. "The public market will allow people to have access to local, fresh foods at an affordable price."
The market will feature food for retail and wholesale, as well as prepared foods. Plans call for ample indoor and outdoor seating and gardens that will be used for cultivating food and educational purposes in partnership with the New Orleans Food and Farm Network (www.noffn.org). A training kitchen will be on the second floor.
"We just turned on all our refrigeration yesterday, so we should be ready for a soft opening sometime in March," Burns says.