By Erron Franklin SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Local restaurants are participating in a unique opportunity to share cultural cuisine with Syracuse residents at the Salt City Market’s “Friday Take Out!”
Salt City Market, scheduled to open next year in the City’s Downtown, will feature a grocery store, food merchants, cafe and bar.
Friday Take Out! gives merchants hoping to be chosen as one of those with a stall in the new venture for Syracuse a chance to audition and give the community a taste of what could be coming to the market.
“Rather than open with eight or 10 people, we’d like for everyone to work out the kinks before hand,” Salt City Market Manager Adam Sudmann said. “We do that through a series of events and trainings and auditions in the year and a half while we undergo construction.”
Last Friday was the first of these pop-up-style events and Big in Burma was the first eatery to put their food on display. The event was held at the Westcott Community Center at 6 p.m. By the time Myo, Hein, and Thando began packing brown bags with Burmese Cusine, a line had amassed at the community center.
“It’s a family run business for Burmese food. Around the Syracuse community you don’y find Burmese food even though there is an actual Burmese community,” Hein San of Big in Burma restaurant said. “What we brought here today was three special items.”
Less than an hour after the Friday Take Out! got underway, the Salt City Market wrote on their Facebook page:
“Hi everyone – it’s 6:55 and we are SOLD OUT. We’ll be back next Friday at 6:00 pm with GHANA. Lucky us!!!!”
Asempe Kitchen will be the next potential merchant to audition with traditional cuisine from African country of Ghana.
Friday Take Out will continue throughout the fall. And, if you missed on the Burmese cuisine, Big in Burma will be at it again at Cafe Sankofa Cooperative on Friday, July 26.