While eating at Mimi’s Hummus on New Year’s Eve, one-fourth of Fork in the Road heard owner Avi Shuker mention in passing that the market he’s opening next door to his Ditmas Park restaurant would be opening at the beginning of the year. A follow-up call to Shuker confirmed that the market, to be called, appropriately, Market, will open its doors on January 25.
“We’re going to have cheese, olives, meats, coffee, chocolate, and specialty deli products,” Shuker says. He’s calling the store a “modern Middle Eastern local market,” explaining that while many of its products will be Middle Eastern, he’s sourcing its meats and cheeses from local companies. The 50 or 60 products available will also include jam, maple syrup, and couscous — but sadly for hummus freaks, while there will be tahini and “probably chickpeas,” Shuker says that the store won’t be selling any food from Mimi’s menu.
Market shares a space with Shuker’s wine bar, which he says is set to open by the end of February. The bar will be called the Castello Plan, after the 17th-century map of Lower Manhattan designed by Jacques Cortelyou, a surveyor and the namesake of the road that Mimi’s and is brethren call home.