In just a few weeks, there will be more places to grab some food in Concord center when Main Streets Market and Cafe adds a gluten-free burrito bar in the rear alley of the restaurant, and Helen’s opens a sushi house in the former Goldsmith’s 3 location.
Dave Anderson, owner of Main Streets Market, is also adding seats to match up with the benches along one side of his restaurant on the street. He said there is now an 18-inch spread between chairs that face the bench, and that equals one seat according to restaurant regulations, so he is adding the new chairs to satisfy the permit. His plan was approved by the Planning Board recently.
“Nothing is changing, we are not adding more food or anything else,” said Anderson, “we are just putting in 18 more chairs.” He said when bands play in the evenings, he slides the chairs and tables from the center floorspace to the side for the musicians and instruments.
In other changes, Anderson glassed in the small porch at the rear of the big red building on Main Street that used to be a seasonal screened-in eating area. Soon, perhaps March 1 he said, he will open a gluten-free cafe there, with regular food optional. The cafe, starting with burritos then an expanded menu, will be open year-round.
Across the street and down a few buildings, a new 40-seat sushi restaurant, Umami, plans to open in the near future, said Paul Denisevich, owner of the next door Helen’s restaurant. Denisevich and his business partner, Kim Parke, recently received site plan approval for the new eat-in/take-out restaurant that will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Customers at Umami will use on-street parking. The two-story building at 9 Independence Court used to be Goldsmiths 3, a jeweler. The site plan calls for alley lighting for the restaurant at night.
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