The Food Market opening during Hampden's Honfest

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The Food Market opens Friday on the Avenue in Hampden. The new restaurant is the project of Chad Gauss, former executive chef at City Cafe, and Elan Kotz, a veteran of Aldo's in Little Italy.

The 3,000 square-foot restaurant has seating for 90 in the dining room, a 12-seat bar and an open kitchen whose focus, Gauss has said, will be "basically blue-collar food in a white-collar execution."

The Food Market will be open for dinner seven days a week, serving a full menu until 1 a.m. An a la carte Brunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday -- and Friday. That's a new one. There are no plans for a permanent lunch service, but closer to fall, Gauss said, The Food Market will start running "pop-up" lunches, things like Ramen Wednesday.

The Food Market's opening weekend falls on Honfest, which typically draws thousands of visitors to The Avenue. Gauss said The Food Market will serve brunch buffet-style, in part to give his guests a chance to meet his kitchen crew. "I have the best staff in the world," said Gauss. "Every single person I hired six weeks ago is still here. That's unheard of."

The Food Market is at 1017 W. 36th St. in Hampden. For information call 410-366-0606.

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