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May 4, 2010 07:00 AM

St. Patrick's Market


I'm sure most of you remember when Queen/John was home to St. Patrick's so-called Market, really just a warehouse full of fast-food eateries. Well, slowly over the past few years, all the fast-food restaurants closed, and the building became a decrepit eyesore with a Ben & Jerry's sign that said "CLOSED FOR THE SEASON--SEE YOU IN THE SPRING" all year round. There was a single greasy Chinese food place left in the back corner that still operated, but it finally closed and the last vestige of the tummy-ache mini mall is gone.

Lately, though, it looks like someone's putting in effort to have it renovated. In fact, there's a sign up that says "Queen Live -- St. Patrick's Fresh Food Market," with a mock-up image of a pedestrian mall with shoppers and a shelf full of assorted bottles of olive oil.

Does anyone know about this? What's going in? Are there any leases? Would you ever buy fresh food from a place that looks from the outside as though it hosts parties for centipedes at night and may or may not have originally been an abattoir?

  1. I don't know what's going on, but I definitely can't wait to see what goes in there. It's almost unfathomable to me that such a prime chunk of retail space has laid vacant for this long.

    1. It would be great to see this space revitalized. A real market would be awesome, actually, but probably not likely.

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      1. re: jlunar

        Tell me about it. I work around the corner, and I'm desperate for a fishmonger either near where I work or where I live (Church/Wellesley). I can dream, I guess.

        1. re: stet

          "Desperate" expresses my feelings too. A reliable fishmonger in either of these locations--Church/Wellesley or the St Patrick's market--would indeed be a dream come true. I've recently been disappointed by so-called fresh fish purchased at Whole Foods and Pisces, among many other places. SLM isn't nearly as convenient a destination for me as it once was, but right now it's the only place where I can be reasonably sure of finding fish that I can actually serve to family and guests. If the new St Patrick's Market lives up to the "market" part of its name, it should flourish.

      2. How amazing would that be if there was a proper fresh market in that spot! Fish mongers, bakers, butchers, greengrocers, and cheese shop owners, please answer our call!

        1. That would be a huge addition to the neighbourhood especially for all those people who live nearby.

          1. It definitely was an abattoir — Stork's. Great chicken, kinda gross parking lot (now a parkette).