Rebirth of West Seventh Street food hall is better positioned for success.

After a winter of dormancy brought on by the pandemic and a state-mandated shutdown, Keg and Case Market reopened on May 1 at 928 W. Seventh St. Led by anchor tenants Woodfired Cantina and Clutch Brewing, the latest iteration of Keg and Case features eight new vendors and 10 returning vendors who will be opening their spaces on various dates through May. The food and retail emporium should be fully operational by June 1, according to Gates Lindquist, the market’s executive director.

“With our new outdoor music series and movie nights, Keg and Case hopes to become a true community hub,” Lindquist said. “We want to make it more approachable with more food at lower prices.”

Tony Molaro, secretary of the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation, was pleased. “We’re beyond excited to see it reopen,” he said. Keg and Case serves as a kind of anchor for the West Seventh neighborhood, Molaro said, and it was packed on opening night. The lower prices at Woodfired Cantina and the new Purple Ice Cream are also better suited to the area, he added.

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Shannon Donaghue of Valley Sweets rearranges the shop’s display of nostalgic and novelty candies at its new booth in Keg and Case Market, 928 W. Seventh St. Photo by Brad Stauffer

Woodfired Cantina, which replaced the fine dining at In Bloom, is a casual taco bar with both indoor and outdoor seating. Customers choose from a variety of char-grilled meats and vegetables and assemble their own tacos. Owners Brian and Sarah Ingram expect meals to average about $13. They plan to open a more upscale tequila bar on the upper level, but at a later date.

The Ingrams also operate Purple Ice Cream where most cones are priced at $2 and $3, or less than half the cost of a scoop when the space was occupied by Sweet Science Ice Cream. The couple also own Hope Breakfast Bar off West Seventh and the Gnome Craft Pub on Selby Avenue.

Clutch Brewing has reopened its brewpub on the upper level of Keg and Case. It has also added a large picnic area next to its beer truck outdoors. Patrons may take the beer and hard seltzer purchased at Clutch anywhere within the market. A new food vendor, whom Lindquist declined to name until the lease is signed, will also set up adjacent to the beer garden and picnic area.

Other new vendors include Brand Builders Market; Jerusalem Mix, a hummus bar and Mediterranean cafe; Poppin’ flavored popcorn, pretzels and pizza; Juice Wisely cold-pressed juices, smoothies and salads; Jumbos mini-sausages and burgers; Valley Sweets old-fashioned candy and fresh-spun cotton candy; and the Som Thai curry and pad thai restaurant.

 

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Brand Builders Market is a showcase for startup food and merchandise brands. Owners Aaron Courteau and Kate LaCrosse are featuring between 15 and 20 products at a time. The available brands will change quarterly. Some of the initial products are hemp clothing, cricket flour, chocolates, a Bloody Mary mix and handmade soaps.

They will join returning vendors Five Watt Coffee; Forest to Fork freshly grown mushrooms; Hobby Farmer canned and pickled foods; House of Halva Middle Eastern desserts; O’Cheeze sandwiches; Pastamore fresh pastas, balsamic vinegars and olive oils; Pimento authentic Jamaican comfort food; Rose Street Patisserie; Sana CBD; and Studio Emme flowers, succulents and gifts.

Brand Builders Market is a showcase for startup food and merchandise brands. Owners Aaron Courteau and Kate LaCrosse are featuring between 15 and 20 products at a time. The available brands will change quarterly. Some of the initial products are hemp clothing, cricket flour, chocolates, a Bloody Mary mix and handmade soaps.

Courteau described his shop as a retail incubator that will help producers introduce their wares to the public and potential investors. The producers will sometimes be on hand to meet customers and explain their products.

Shannon Donaghue’s Valley Sweets shop sells nostalgic and novelty candies, handmade chocolates and fudge. It also serves cotton candy on food-grade glow-in-the-dark LED sticks that buyers can take home.

Much of the outdoor entertainment at Keg and Case this summer will be geared to children, including story times, juggling classes, kids yoga and an after-dark Throwback Theater showing old movies. Sunday afternoons will also be oriented to families. Musical entertainment for all ages will begin this month on weekends. DJs will kick off the series. Live bands will appear beginning in June.

Keg and Case Market is open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Individual vendors’ hours may vary. For more information and an entertainment schedule, visit kegandcase.com.

—Carolyn Walkup

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