There are some new flavors headed to the Easton Public Market (EPM) this fall. Market District Manager Megan McBride today announced plans for a New England-style clam shack concept by James Beard Foundation semifinalist chef Lee Chizmar, and a taqueria by the owner of More Than Q.
The clam shack will be located directly across from Mister Lee’s Noodles, which means fans won’t have to travel far to find two concepts by Chef Chizmar and wife Erin Shea under one roof.
“We are thrilled that Chef Chizmar will open his third location with us, and can’t wait to try the seafood selections,” McBride says. “We’ve heard from many of our customers who liked having a seafood option at the market, and we wanted it to be part of our culinary identity.”
Chizmar and Shea hope to open later this year, and will reveal the name of the new space closer to launch. It will offer a retail seafood component, as well as ready-to-eat items. Think lobster roll, oysters and fried clams.
Chizmar has made a name for himself in the Lehigh Valley, after he and Shea opened Bolete in Salisbury Township in 2007. By 2015, Chef Chizmar earned a spot as a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for the “Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic” category. He’s been featured on “The Chef’s Kitchen”, “Beat Bobby Flay” and “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” His restaurant has earned spots to OpenTable’s Top 100 Best Restaurants in America (2014, 2016); landed among Conde Nast Traveler’s 100 hottest new restaurants (2008); Zagat’s “10 Reasons Why You Should Drive to the Lehigh Valley” list (2014); and has been called Pennsylvania’s most beloved eatery by People Magazine (2017).
A few stalls down, visitors will also notice some changes at The Taza Stop. The market will bid adieu to Taza at the end of October, as the owners close down their EPM location to expand their business with a location in Philadelphia, as well as a larger eatery closer to the owners’ hometown of Bethlehem.
“While we are sad to see them go, we understand their need for a bigger catering kitchen and a bigger space,” McBride says. “We see the Easton Public Market as a food incubator of sorts – where entrepreneurs can try out new ideas and menus without the overhead of opening a restaurant.”
McBride notes that Taza’s space will soon house Taylor Taco — a taqueria that will be run by Matt Martin, owner of More Than Q.
Taylor Taco will be located across from Martin’s More Than Q barbecue shop, and will offer a contemporary take on street tacos.
2018 has been a year of growth and change for Easton Public Market, which also added Mercantile Outpost and Eight Oaks Craft Distillers in the past few months.
“We’ve known about some of these changes for a while, and have been looking for the right concepts to fit into our mix of offerings,” McBride says. “We think we’ve found the perfect flavors and can’t wait to see both of these new vendors in the market.”
To learn more about Easton Public Market, its vendors, programs and events, please visit eastonpublicmarket.com.
ABOUT: Easton Public Market (EPM) is a project of the Greater Easton Development Partnership (GEDP). EPM is a community-supported market offering the personal service and superior quality of an old world grocery store, combined with a modern dining experience. Featuring 14 artisanal food vendors, a farm stand, demonstration kitchen, and community room, EPM serves as a vibrant gathering space for shopping, dining and learning. GEDP is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization focused on nurturing Easton’s economic well-being and cultural vibrancy. It encompasses Easton Farmers’ Market, Easton Main Street Initiative, Easton Public Market, Easton Ambassadors and PA Bacon Fest. For more information, contact Executive Director Jared Mast at 610-250-2078 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit online at eastonpartnership.org