Remember not too long ago when Neal Fraser's BLD was supposed to expand to Pasadena? For whatever reason that deal didn't pan out, and The Market on Holly moved in to claim BLD's space at the Raymond Renaissance condos.
Not to go off on a tangent, but the whole cafe plus retail shop thing seems to be the trend lately. Thyme Cafe & Market tried it out, as did Olive & Thyme, L'Epicerie, and Jeffrey Cerceillo is still planning on opening the market component of FarmShop. Here now, one more to add to the list via The Market on Holly, conceived by musical composer Marty Davich and caterer Mary Pat Brandmeyer who names Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, and Debra Messing as fans of her seasonal California eats.
Old Town residents can expect a space designed by Michael Berman that will be open daily from 7AM-7PM serving breakfast and lunch, in addition to grag and go salad, sides, and entrees. Sample dishes include chutney and chicken salad with walnuts and dried cranberries; salmon with Chinese black bean sauce; chicken sandwiches with roasted red pepper chutney, feta cheese, kalamata olives and basil garlic mayonnaise; and pork sandwiches with celery slaw. Owners were able to acquire a liquor license, so anticipate wine and beer on offer as well.
As for the market, it will stock farm fresh eggs and produce, cheeses, pastries, artisanal pastas, D.O.P. olive oils from Italy, Rancho Gordo beans, plus jams from a producer in San Gabriel Valley. The coffee of choice? Stumptown out of Portland. For those driving over to take care of grocery shopping, The Market will offer free 90-minute parking at the structure located on Raymond Avenue, between Holly and Walnut Streets.