Two new vendors announced for Union Street Market

On Thursday, Union Street Market announced two new merchants– The Kitchen & Co. Wine Bar and Pasta di Guy, would be joining their lineup in the East Hall before the end of 2023.

The Kitchen & Co. Wine Bar serves wines, cheese and cured meats, all thoughtfully paired by staff. They will feature a wide selection of locally produced wines from award-winning Indiana vintners, including Country Heritage Winery and Dash 90 Wines. They’ll also feature wine from some of the world’s top wine-producing regions.
Union Street Market At Electric Works
Owned by Jennifer Krider, The Kitchen & Co. was established in 2017 as a live cooking stream. In 2019, the pair opened up their first brick-and-mortar location in Columbia City. The Kitchen & Co. has expanded at the Market twice— opening Market Blooms, a bespoke fresh stem and floral shop, and now, their upcoming wine bar.

“Our goal is to make delicious wines more accessible by helping our customers learn about and enjoy wine at affordable prices,” says Krider, “We are expanding at Union Street Market because it welcomes everyone, so it’s the perfect place to share our passion for great wine and food.”

Pasta di Guy is an award-winning Italian eatery, founded in Tampa, Florida, and will offer made-to-order, scratch-made pastas, sauces, and dressings at the Market. The menu features a build-your-own pasta bowl, salads, sandwiches & wraps, desserts, and more.

Owner Guy Carmeli comes to the market with education from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in London and ancestral family ties to Italy. Pasta di Guy started as a food truck in 2019 and Carmeli later opened two award-winning restaurants in Flordia. 

Carmeli’s wife grew up in Indiana, which has brought excitement to the restaurant's expansion to the Hoosier state. 

“I chose Fort Wayne for my first location outside of Tampa for three main reasons: my wife’s family lives here, I love the local Fort Wayne community, and I’m impressed with Union Street Market,” says Carmeli. “The Market offers the perfect setting for our business because it’s a great place for the community to try different cuisines and experiences, rents are affordable, and the historic spaces are beautiful.”

No set opening dates have been announced for either business, but according to the press release dates will be via social media. 

The Union Street Market At Electric WorksThis announcement comes almost two months after the exit of two vendors from Union Street Market, causing a frenzy of online debate about the success of the Market. In late July, B&B Meat and Seafood Market announced they’d be shutting down their operations at Electric Works, citing slow business and high rent costs at the Market to WANE 15.

Bragg A Lot Sweets and Drink also announced they’d be shutting down their booth in late July via Facebook. The post informed readers that their lease was coming to an end, and they had plans to transition to a dessert food truck. 

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Brittany Smith is Input Fort Wayne's Managing Editor. Previously she served as Assistant Editor and participated in the College Input Program. She also volunteers for Northeast Indiana Public Radio.