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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Dryades Public Market extends hours, expands departments

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 3:11 PM

click to enlarge Dryades Public Market is now open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, selling fresh produce, hot and cold food items and more. - COURTESY DRYADES PUBLIC MARKET/FACEBOOK
  • COURTESY DRYADES PUBLIC MARKET/FACEBOOK
  • Dryades Public Market is now open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, selling fresh produce, hot and cold food items and more.

Dryades Public Market (1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) is now open five days a week, selling produce and other items.

The long-delayed project (formerly known as Jack & Jake’s) occupies the former Myrtle Banks Elementary School and appears to be gaining slow traction after extending its hours to 8 a.m, to 6 p.m. five days a week, and rolling out a full produce department and hot food line, among other amenities. 

The store, aimed at bringing healthy and affordable food to the neighborhood, had been operating under limited hours during a slow-opening phase in fall after chef Daniel Esses took over, following the departure of then-CEO John Burns. Esses has scaled down the original plans for the store, which at one point included a cheese cave, two restaurants and an outside seed bank. Esses said the store's full roll-out would happen incrementally, beginning with a select coffee and pastry service that began in November. Eventually, the market plans to run a daily operation with seafood, meat, deli, dry goods and dairy departments as well as a full bar and live music events outside the space.

In the meantime, shoppers can expect a stocked produce department, cold prepared foods including pickles, olives and some dry and canned goods, fresh pastas from Esses Foods pastas, a bakery, coffee shop, hot line, salad bar and a selection of sandwiches. A CSA option also will be available. 

The sandwiches, which are served with french fries, include roast beef with red onion jam, horseradish aioli and mixed greens on ciabatta bread, a tuna sriracha melt topped with provolone on sourdough, a grilled portobello version with balsamic onions, mayonnaise and mixed greens on ciabatta, and a Reuben made with corned beef, sauerkraut and melted Swiss on rye.

The daily hot line features a rotating selection of seasonal soups as well as gumbo, red beans and rice, meatloaf and  other items.

Store associates said the retailer expects to accept SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, by the end of the month.

Dryades Public Market is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit the market’s Facebook page.

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