East Market at Full Capacity with 5 Additional Vendors Announced
The date is nearing closer for the East Market to make its much-anticipated debut in the Trolley District at 212 Kelton Ave. An announcement about a soft opening date is expected by the end of the month, but in the meantime, the market has reached capacity with five additional vendors taking over the remaining spaces.
Cleveland import Ohio City Pasta will solidify its Central Ohio presence through its first physical location in Columbus. A frequenter of farmers markets and available at select local grocery store, Ohio City Pasta is not unknown to Columbus tastebuds, but at the market, they’ll be making fresh pasta on-site.
Making fresh pasta for over 30 years, Ohio City’s wares include a variety of flavors of flat cut pasta, ravioli, gnocchi and more. East Market will be the second market-style setup for Ohio City, which has operated out of its flagship space at Cleveland’s West Side Market since 1991.
Also expanding its market presence is American Nut Company. East Market will mark the third location for the snack maker, which also operates out of the Greater Columbus Convention Center and the North Market Downtown.
“We love the idea of honoring history with a place where community and small business is celebrated,” says Owner Lisa Robitaille. “The East Market is the perfect place for that.”
American Nut Company will stock its signature nuts and popcorn, but also go full-on sweets shop at the new location.
“Customers can satisfy their sweet cravings with scratch-made baked goods – think gooey brownies, huge cookies, decadent cupcakes,” Robitaille says. “We will also have frozen custard treats from our friends at Whits!”
American Nut Co. will replaced previously announced vendor Fourteen Twenty Nine, making sure the market doesn’t go without its sweets.
In addition to two food trucks that are already planning to make things permanent at East Market – Macho Taco and Creole 2 Geaux – two more food trucks are setting up stationary digs at the market.
Winston’s Coffee & Waffles will serve as the market’s breakfast vendor with special hours from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
“Our vision for the company has always included having a brick-and-mortar space where people can spend time,” says Owner Steve Elshoff. “Having a stall in the Market is a perfect next step for us in the path from truck to building. Include that with the opportunity to be a part of such an exciting project and it was the perfect fit.”
Fear not Clintonvillians, Elshoff says their truck on Indianola Avenue will stay put for the foreseeable future, and they hope to always have a presence in the neighborhood.
At East Market, Winston’s will serve up its sweet and savory waffle creations while adding in some pastries and other lighter breakfast items.
Also joining from Clintonville’s food truck scene is Taste of Greece and Moroccan Street Food. Typically stationed in the Savor Growl parking lot at the corner of Indianola and Weber, the food truck offers lamb and chicken gyros, as well as stuffed grape leaves, salads, platters and more. (Taste of Greece and Moroccan Street Food will replace previously announced vendor Pitabilities.)
Rounding out the East Market is Too Good Eats. The frozen ice pop maker whips up 100% fruit and veggie based pops with no sugar added in flavors like Pineapple Supreme, Blurple Wonder, Tart Berry Ginger, Creamy Coconut and more, including a number of seasonal specialities. More recently, Too Good Eats has also added a lineup of artisan drinks to its menu, offering sippers like Hibiscus Cider, Apple Spice Chai Tea and Creme De Le Blue.
“We’ve spent the first four years of our business sharing our gourmet pops at farmers markets, pop-ups, and festivals but we’ve always wanted a more permanent presence that allowed for our customers…to have a location to experience our products whenever they wanted to, and the East Market is the perfect opportunity for us to make that happen,” says Founder Anique Russell.
At the market, Too Good Eats will offer a pop bar and artisan drink cafe, complete with a small space for hosting birthday parties at their side counter. While they now have a home base, Russell says they will continue to frequent festivals and farmers markets.
The five new vendors join other previously announced tenants The Butcher & Grocer, Kosō, Trolley Barn Chicken, Yellow Brick Pizza and The Plant Gays.
In addition to the vendors, two centralized bars will serve the imbibing needs of East Market goers. On the building’s lower level will be speakeasy Switch and on the main floor, bar The Railhouse. The restaurant group behind Grandview Cafe, Hadley’s and Round II (formerly Balboa), will run both of East Market’s bars.
Editor’s note: This article was updated on 11/18/2021 with additional information.