Vendors finding their wings at the North Market
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
BY BILL CHRONISTER
Jeni Britton just signed a lease for a space in the Bexley Gateway project for what will be her fourth Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams shop.
Nida and Chris Perry are close to opening their first free-standing restaurant, Nida’s Thai on High, at 976 N. High St. in the Short North.
Don Ziliak’s Due Amici, a fine-dining establishment at 67 E. Gay St. has been around since December 2004. Now he’s considering a second restaurant under a different concept in the New Albany area.
The three have one thing in common: They all got their start in the restaurant business at the North Market. The venerable marketplace at 59 Spruce St. has become something of a restaurant incubator.
“The whole concept of the public market provides a great opportunity for small-business people,” said David Wible, executive director of the operation. The market includes a mix of vendors offering everything from fresh produce, meats and seafood to a variety of prepared foods.