January 8, 2014

New retail shop, sandwich shop coming to the City Market

The Bite will offer gourmet hot sandwiches and gourmet ice cream sandwiches. A new retail shop, Yoki, will specialize in “Japanese-inspired” housewares, gifts and novelties.

The City Market has signed two new tenants which will bring its occupancy to about 95 percent.

•  A new sandwich shop called The Bite is scheduled to open in late February at 23 E. Third St.

Bryan Merker, owner of the City Market’s Beignet restaurant, will serve as a consultant. Merker’s chef at Nica’s Lagniappe, Carlos Mortera, is a partner in the new Bite.

It will specialize in hot sandwiches with smoked meats and cheeses, a line of gluten-free tamales (meat, vegetarian, and dessert), and gourmet ice cream sandwiches.

Sandwiches will include: The Boss Hog (smoked pulled pork and Korean barbecue sauce), the Fungus (wild mushrooms and spinach), the Presley (peanut butter, Nutella, banana and hickory bacon), and the Saigon (marinated steak, candied jalapenos, blue cheese, Asian slaw, and sriracha mayo).

Ice cream sandwich flavors: Hendrick’s Cucumber Gin Strawberries, Triple Chocolate English Toffee, Caramel Candied Walnut, Blackberry White Chocolate.

It also will offer a daily soup special.

Merker said the Bite also is scheduled to be featured in a new show called Restaurant Wanted on the Food Network. Filming is scheduled to start in January.

•  A new retail shop, Yoki, will offer housewares, gifts and novelties — specializing in “Japanese-inspired” items.

Donny Lo, owner/operator, said the shop’s name is a spin on the Japanese word for cheer or encouragement, something he hopes the store will bring to his customers’ lives.

“We definitely feel like these items have been popular in other parts of the country and it will fit in with the growing residential downtown,” Lo said.

Lo also liked the variety of international offerings in the City Market.

“The Brazilian market, the Middle Eastern restaurant, the Chinese restaurant, an Italian grocer,” he said. “So we thought we would be a nice complement to that.”

Yoki plans a March opening at 400 Grand Blvd., Suite 426.

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