Steam Opening New Restaurant Inside the North Market
The North Market is getting a new merchant. Steam, originally serving Italian Village from inside Little Rock Bar, is bringing its buns to the Market in the new year.
The concept was started by chef Marcus Meacham. Earlier this year, Meacham took over some space at Little Rock to offer his mantou bun sandwiches to hungry bar patrons. The Chinese steamed buns come with over a dozen options of what to put between them, creating menu items like the Cubano and the BBQ bacon cheeseburger that sit next to sandwiches like the Korean egg bun and pineapple shrimp. All come in takeout containers with chips and a pickle.
“We are so pleased to have one of Columbus’ most celebrated chefs joining the NoMa family with such a compelling concept,” said North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe in a press release. “In keeping with our mission of incubating local entrepreneurs, the ‘chef driven’ Steam is a perfect fit.”
The North Market Steam will be similar to the original, with a few additions. Meacham will have a standing menu as well as a rotating one, showcasing ingredients from other North Market vendors. His goal is to expose Market customers to food from their favorite vendors using their “best in class” ingredients in new ways. He’ll also add a veggie of the day and cold noodle salad.
“I can’t imagine a better next step for Steam,” Meacham said. “This opportunity will expose Steam to a larger audience and allow for more collaborations among vendors at Columbus’ only remaining true public market.”
Steam will open in January of 2017 and will occupy the space between Lan Viet Market and Sarefino’s Pizzeria.