Another vendor has closed shop at the Reading Terminal Market: Andros. I'm told the owner of the prepared food outlet, whose education and background is in financial services, simply got an offer in that industry he could not refuse.
If smoke got in your eyes Saturday at the RTM, it wasn't because of the strains of an old song wafting through the air. A mishap with the roaster at Old City Coffee sent the unappetizing aroma of burnt coffee, along with a lot of smoke, through the market at noontime. It even set off the smoke alarms. I only got furrowed brows and mean stares when I asked one of the OC workers if I could have some extra drark roast.
Still waiting for more definitive signs of spring. The closest I could come was the $1 one-pound clamshells of Florida strawberries at Iovine Brothers. This batch was much more flavorful and sweet than the ones in late January and early February.
Foster's Gourmet Cookware will be closing shop this summer. Ken Foster told me he'll be combining his the RTM shop with his Third Street store (Foster's Urban Homewares) at a new location, Fourth & Market. The 12,000-square foot, single-floor facility will have four times the combined footage of the two stores it replaces. Ken said he'll also have truck bays for his growing web store business.
Here's my shopping list from Saturday:
IOVINE BROTHERS ($7.54)
Fruit cup (medium)
Black seedless grapes
LANCASTER COUNTY DAIRY ($3.39)
FAIR FOOD FARMSTAND ($6.54)
Raw milk cheddar
GIUNTA'S PRIME SHOP ($7.26)
HERSHEL'S EAST SIDE DELI ($5.60)
Salty belly lox
MARTIN'S QUALITY MEATS & SAUSAGE ($3.30)