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Monday, November 16, 2009

Bernal Heights Food Marketplace Looking for a Final Vendor

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 3:48 PM

The building owner is hoping for a late December opening.
  • The building owner is hoping for a late December opening.
The owner of a planned food marketplace in Bernal Heights says she's signed leases with five vendors, and is currently searching for a sixth. Debra Resnik told SFoodie the as-yet unnamed market at 331 Cortland (at Bennington) should be open by the end of December, barring unforeseen delays.

The vendors who've signed year-long leases are Della Terra Organic Produce, Bernal Cutlery, Paulie's Pickling, El Porteño Empanadas, and Wholesome Bakery. As Tamara Palmer reported early last month, baked goods vendor Amuse Bouche was supposed to be a tenant, but owner Murat Celebi-Ariner was recently detained (and subsequently deported) for overstaying a visa waiver.

Reznik, who's owned the building for a year, said the idea for the market grew out of both her love for the Ferry Building Marketplace and her volunteer work with micro-business incubator La Cocina. "It's been a dream, ever since Ferry Plaza opened," Reznik said. "I always thought that it would be great to do this on a local level, to include vendors who aren't so affluent, but who'd be able to come in on a grassroots level."

The 1,000-square-foot space will have individual vendor kiosks, but no seating. As for finding a baker to take the place of Amuse Bouche, Reznik said she was happy to have signed Wholesome. "But no one can ever replace Murat," she said. "The energy that he and [his wife] Pelin brought to this project was just amazing."

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