COURTESY DRYADES PUBLIC MARKET
Dryades Public Market will host a grand opening ceremony on April 14 and 16.
Following months of renovations, a leadership switch-up and a name change, the long-anticipated Dryades Public Market ( 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) announced it will host grand opening ceremonies on April 14 and 16.
The opening follows several months in which the long-delayed Central City retailer, formally known as Jack & Jake’s Public Market
, offered a limited supply
of produce, dried goods and coffee during curbed business hours.
The store, inside the former Myrtle Banks Elementary School, is aimed at bringing healthy and affordable food to the Central City neighborhood. Chef Daniel Esses
took over the management of the project last fall — following the departure of then-CEO John Burns — and scaled down the original plans for the grocery store, which at one point included a cheese cave, two restaurants and an outside seed bank. The revised plans include seafood, meat, deli, dry goods and dairy departments as well as a full bar and live music events outside the space.
The April 14 ceremony will include a media event with city officials and a ribbon cutting. A public grand opening celebration on April 16 will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and include free food and drink samples, live music, a crawfish boil, cooking demonstrations and activities for children.
Following the grand opening, Dryades Public Market will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Opening hours may extend to Sundays in the future.