Market Street expands into BBQ, beer and wineOctober 2, 2019
By CANDY NEAL
HUNTINGBURG — A restaurant that had been offering soups and salads has expanded to barbecue.
In the past six weeks, Market Street restaurant, located in the Huntingburg Opry building at Market and Main streets, has also added beer and wine, now that it has a license.
“We didn’t think people would come in to have soup and salad, beer and wine,” co-owner Greg Kane said with a laugh. “And we wanted to be open at nights, too, to draw people.”
Greg, his wife, Dottie, and family friend Rachelle Rader opened the restaurant in January 2018. Greg had the construction experience and had worked in restaurants as a teenager. Dottie already had an established business on Fourth Street, Salon on 4th, and the couple owned the building that housed the salon. Rachelle had prior business experience.
“We’re all best friends,” Rachelle said.
The vision for the restaurant came from Greg and Dottie. The Houston natives have lived in Huntingburg for the past 12 years.
“In Houston, there are a lot of restaurants, a lot of variety,” Greg said. “That’s the one thing about a small town that we weren’t used to — not having access to all the different foods.”
Almost two years ago, he was in a band with David Wayne, the owner of the Huntingburg Opry. The Opry is located on the top floor of the building, and a restaurant had been on the main floor. But it closed.
“So this spot became open,” Greg said. “I decided to give it a shot.”
When the restaurant originally opened, its menu was mainly soups, salads and some specialty sandwiches. “I thought that was something that would go over well here, with the young folks,” Greg said. It does go over well during the daytime hours. But when they tested some evening hours, they found business was slow. And they were looking to have evening hours.
The solution: expand the menu. They went to work on that goal this summer.
“We shut down for about three weeks,” Greg said, “and reworked the kitchen.”
When they reopened in July, the menu had expanded to include barbecue dishes. The restaurant still has the bar with fresh salads and homemade soups. But now it also includes barbecued spare ribs, chicken sausage and pulled pork; Greg smokes the meat himself. There’s also some sandwiches, sides that would go with barbecue like beans and potato salad, and a variety of beers. Wines are available as well, the kind based on what is in stock at the time of the year.
“The hot menu was more appropriate for the evenings,” Rachelle said “And we’ve had a good response. So this is the natural direction to go.”
Market Street’s hours also expanded. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 4:30 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
They are moving to their goal of being open more evenings. “But we need to hire more people,” Greg said. “That’s kind of hard to do around here, to find people. So we’re trying to figure that out.”
The Kanes also own the former Fat N’ Sassy’s building at Fourth and Jackson streets. They have been updating the building, but are not yet sure what they will do with the site yet.
“There is a lot going on on Fourth Street right now, including construction,” Greg said. “But we’ll do something with the building. We just haven’t decided yet.”
Other future plans for Market Street include adding brisket to the menu and sponsoring some musical events at the Opry. Once the restaurant is open on weeknights, there will be live musical entertainment on some of those evenings.
“We hope to turn this into a hangout,” Greg said, “more than just grab a meal and leave.”
Market Street, located at 312 N. Main. St., can be reached at 812-684-9010. The restaurant also has a Facebook page.
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