I’m sad to deliver this news, but the beloved Jefferson Market will be closing October 1. If you’re new to town, try to stop by before then and check it out. It was the kind of place that really made the neighborhood: the Bach kids would rush across the street to buy candy after school; you brought out of town visitors there for coffee and pastries and the newspaper; if you ran out of eggs or milk, you could stop by after work to pick some up. Takeout items like Moroccan tagine and pot roast with horseradish mashed potatoes made a satisfying, if a little bit fancy, dinner.
You can read a letter from the owner, Jean Henry, over at Arbor Update. The specific reason for the closing remains a bit opaque, but I suppose it’s not a huge surprise that, after 7 years and inklings here and there that the business wasn’t doing well, Jean found that it was time to call it quits.
I will miss, in no particular order:
- french fries with aioli
- the great music on the stereo — a good mix of hiphop, motown, indie rock, and country
- homemade pop-tarts
- sitting in the back garden with friends, swapping stories and dreaming up themes for parties and drinking strong iced coffee
- not being able to order their Valentine’s Day dinner for two/takeout ever again, which Michael and I enjoyed this year — I fondly remember three kinds of crostini, a gorgeous + fresh green salad, an Indonesian seafood stew, beef tenderloin expertly prepared, and some flourless chocolate cake and raspberries.
What will you miss?