HUMBOLDT PARK — A market with grab-and-go sandwiches and artisanal products has opened along The 606’s Bloomingdale Trail on the border of Logan Square and Humboldt Park.
The team behind Ørkenoy, the Scandinavian-inspired brewery in the Kimball Arts Center at 1757 N. Kimball Ave., converted an area of the brewery that was most recently being used as storage space into The Market at Ørkenoy, which is now open noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.
Stocked with everything from housemade brioche and honey nut squash dip to Scout Canning canned fish and Maldon salt, the market is for people who need to pick up a few things for lunch or dinner, co-owner Jonny Ifergan said. It’s meant to complement the brewery next door, which isn’t open for lunch during the week, Ifergan said.
“We want to cater to people who are not going out as much or are working from home,” he said. “On the weekends, the goal is you can come in for brunch and grab some food or wine for later.”
The market also carries Ørkenoy beer, a curated wine selection and grab-and-go deli sandwiches, including a French-inspired pan bagnat with oven-roasted trout, beet pickled egg, capers, red onion, parsley, lemon, basil and dijon. Like the bread and spreads, the sandwiches are made in-house with seasonal ingredients.
Everything at the market will be available on a rotating basis. The owners plan to regularly bring in new products as they discover them and through suggestions from neighbors.
“We’re really excited about getting feedback from the community and what it is people want to see,” co-owner Ryan Sanders said. “That’s the biggest thing for me: What are people excited about? What can we provide that is a help?”
For now, the market is a pickup spot. But Ifergan said they eventually plan to host tasting events with makers so neighbors can get to know the people behind the artisanal products.
“A friend of mine from Sweden is trying to bring in some good cider. Maybe we’ll do a tasting with him when he’s in town — that kind of stuff,” Ifergan said.
Ørkenoy opened fall 2020 in the Kimball Arts Center, focusing mostly on lagers and farmhouse ales to pay tribute to beer made in Norway, Estonia and nearby countries. The brewery and taproom also serves “neo-Nordic” tiki cocktails and Scandinavian-inspired sandwiches and snacks.
Follow @themarketatorkenoy for updates on the market.
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