One year after bitter divorce, the South End Open Market is dead

The SoWa Open Market (left) and the South End Open Market.
The SoWa Open Market (left) and the South End Open Market. –Globe Staff Files / 2015 and 2016

Pour one out for the original: After 13 years as a fixture of summer in Boston, the South End Open Market is dead.

The weekly outdoor gathering of food trucks, artisans, and farm stands on Harrison Avenue had been scheduled to move this season to a park being constructed underneath the Interstate 93 deck by National Development, the company that built the nearby Ink Block complex.

Instead, New England Open Markets president Chris Masci is pulling the plug on his flagship Sunday event, citing competition from other markets — especially the nearly identical “SoWa Open Market” created by his former landlord on the site where Masci operated until last year. The two parted ways amid a nasty legal and personal dispute that resulted in Masci temporarily relocating to a parking lot down the street, a move he initially said would be a boon to vendors but which he now admits confused patrons and hurt sales.


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