Following months of renovations, a leadership switch-up and a name change, the long-anticipated Dryades Public Market (1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) announced it will host grand opening ceremonies April 14 and 16.
In recent months, the Central City retailer, formerly known as Jack & Jake's Public Market, has offered a limited supply of produce, dried goods and coffee during curbed business hours.
The mission of the market, located inside the former Myrtle Banks Elementary School, is to bring healthy and affordable food to Central City. Chef Daniel Esses took over management of the project last fall — following the departure of then-CEO John Burns — and scaled down the original plans for the grocery store, which at one point included a cheese shop, two restaurants and a seed bank. Revised plans include seafood, meat, deli, dry goods and dairy departments as well as a full bar and live music events outside the space.
The April 14 ceremony is a media event with city officials and a ribbon cutting. A public grand opening celebration runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 16 and includes free food and drink samples, live music, a crawfish boil, cooking demonstrations and activities for children.
Dryades Public Market will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Opening hours eventually may extend to Sundays.