Just as one of Grand Central Market’s biggest names chose Chinatown over the open air enclave, the market has picked up another heavyweight name of its own. Bruce Kalman of Pasadena’s ultra-popular Union is set to put down stakes at GCM this summer, per outgoing Food Editor Russ Parsons of the LA Times.
The concept is a deceivingly simple one. Kalman will be doing an expanded pasta bar with attached market, serving three squares a day in the former Adelita space that’s currently being used by Clark Street Bread.
Pastas will be made on site "in plain view for everyone to see," Kalman tells the Times, adding a bit of show to the meal of rolled and extruded pastas. As for the market aspect of things, Kalman and his partner at Union, Marie Petulla (who is also tagging along with this nameless venture), plan to sell their own handmade products, as well as goods from others. Kalman is already an avid pickler, charcuterie maker, and dry rub purveyor, along with his handmade pastas.
With the upcoming addition of Mark Peel’s soon to open seafood option Bombo, it looks like Grand Central Market is going just as strong as ever.