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Local vendors to join Union Street Market

Jamison Meats closes store; Pizza Junction to reopen; Culver's heading to south side

Buyamba Sandwich Company will soon be moving into Union Street Market.

Dean Jackson

Whatzup Features Writer

Published February 15, 2023

As work continues around the Electric Works project, Union Street Market is also growing. We recently learned Grabill Amish Deli and Pastries, Gibli Middle Eastern Fare, Buyamba Sandwich Company, O-Cha Thai, and Seoul Garden Korean Restaurant will open soon. 

Gibli Middle Eastern Fare is expected to open March 1, and they feature Mediterranean cuisine focusing on Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq. 

Scheduled to open on March 13 is Buyamba. Imagine an East Coast deli with Philly cheesesteaks, lobster rolls, pastrami, and Sabrett frankfurters, also known as Dirty Water Dogs. 

An interesting aspect of Buyamba is that owners Rebecca and Kerry Ghent pledge proceeds from sales to two nonprofits, one of which is Ray of Hope Medical Missions. In fact, according to the shop’s Facebook page, the couple are wrapping up a medical mission trip to Uganda before diving head first into the sandwich shop.

For years, Grabill Amish Deli and Grabill Amish Pastries have operated under the umbrella of Grabill Country Sales in that community. Their general store, bakery, cafe, and deli have received rave reviews. Now, the old-order Amish baked goods are grabbing a foothold just south of downtown. 

Seoul Garden is making a comeback at Union Street Market. Last fall on their Facebook page, they announced they were closing their restaurant at 1820 Coliseum Blvd. W., just west of Executive Boulevard, for renovations.

According to Union Street Market’s website, O-Cha Thai will also be coming aboard soon. Serving pad thai, egg rolls, samosas, and their thai sauce, O-Cha Thai has been popular at the city’s farmers makets. They will now have a more permanent space.

The additions will put 21 vendors in Union Street Market.

Jamison Meats closes at Time Corners

Local favorite Jamison Meats is downsizing. 

This week, they closed their location at Time Corners, leaving stores in Dupont Village and North Anthony Boulevard. 

We are told the lease for the 5904 W. Jefferson Blvd. store had expired. The company says they’ll honor gift certificates purchased there at their other stores. 

Pio Market raises money for repairs

Ask and you shall receive. Less than a week after starting its $5,000 campaign to repair damage to its front entrance, Pio Market has surpassed its goal. 

Just before Christmas, a driver in a stolen car slammed into the 101-year-old grocery store and meat market at 1225 E. State Blvd. Just as quickly as it happened, the driver fled. Police have yet to find a suspect. 

The store has remained open, with the front boarded up with plywood. 

Pizza Junction eyes reopening in summer

Last spring, fire gutted the popular Pizza Junction Cafe in downtown Huntington. We are now getting word that the pizzeria could be open by summer. 

When it is completed, its train depot building at 201 Court St. will have a new roof and a renovated kitchen and dining room that maintains its historic feel.

In May, investigators ruled the fire started by spontaneous combustion and raged more than two hours. A GoFundMe campaign raised more than $10,000 for the rebuild. The community also hosted other fundraisers. 

Landing Beer Company now open on Sunday

Sunday brunch is now being served at Landing Beer Company.

The restaurant at 118 W. Columbia St. will be open Sundays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., but they tease they’ll expand those hours. 

Chili cook-off returns to Deer Park

On Sunday, Feb. 19, Deer Park Irish Pub, 1530 Leesburg Road, is hosting its annual chili cook-off from 1-4 p.m. to benefit Miss Virginia’s Food Pantry. 

To enter, just bring your concoction in a slow cooker. If you are there just to taste the goods, bring a non-perishable food item. 

Southtown Centre adding Culver’s 

The Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission approved an agreement between the city and S&L Companies this week to add a Culver’s to the city’s southeast side at Southtown Centre. 

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