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New stalls, renovated patio debut at Grand Central Market

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 08:41AM
via Sticky Rice

Sticky Rice was the first new vendor to open as part of Grand Central Market's transformation into an updated space.

Grand Central Market continues its makeover this summer as new vendors debut a range of foods — including Texas BBQ and gelato — at the historic Downtown space.

Opened in 1917, the market has 40 stalls serving up Mexican food, deli goods, ice cream and more. And while some of these shops remain, a slew of new sellers have opened up in an attempt to upgrade the space.

Horse Thief just opened on the market's renovated patio across from Angels Flight. The restaurant is serving "Central Texas-style BBQ," which includes an array of smoked meats and other home-style dishes such as bacon & blue cheese potato salad and jicama slaw.

The market's overhaul began with the opening of Sticky Rice in April. This stand serves Thai comfort food including curry bowls and papaya salad — "authentic dishes that Thai families and chefs make for themselves."

Other new additions include Bulgarini Gelato, a "seasonal gelati and sorbetti" cart parked in the market, and Valerie, a new coffee shop that serves old-school diner foods including a coffee crunch cake, cobb salad, chili and hot dogs. G&B Coffee is now open as well, shortly after the owners hosted a pop-up coffee bar at a Silver Lake cafe.

According to a press release, other upcoming openings at the Grand Central market include DTLA Cheese and The Oyster Gourmet.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the overhaul of the market is a multiyear project that that will try to attract "local chefs and entrepreneurs" that will sell a variety of specialty goods like coffee, cheese and wine.

Joseph Shuldiner, a consultant on the renovation, told the newspaper that he also hopes to create a "foodcrafting space" in the market's basement, which would include an area for classes, tastings and private dinners.

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