July 24, 2015
With the capacity for more than 30 purveyors, Liberty Public Market will exist as a co-op, with the market’s operating group, Blue Bridge Hospitality (Stake Chophouse & Bar, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge), offering many small, local businesses a larger platform for success by acting as a collaborative partner for business support and marketing services.
The first ten vendors chosen for the new public market are as follows. For many, this will be their first brick-and-mortar establishment after building a fan base at local farmer’s markets, while for others, Liberty Public Market will become an extension of their growing brand. Additional vendors will be announced as the opening date nears.
Liberty Meat Shop - San Diego native, Tommy Battaglia began working in his family’s butcher shop at a young age. His father (aka. ‘Tommy The Butcher’), longtime owner of Tommy’s Quality Meats (which exists today as a meat wholesaler), founded the mom and pop-style butcher shop in 1950. Tommy Battaglia’s new shop at Liberty Public Market will pay tribute to his family’s roots in upholding the old-school mentality of the neighborhood butcher and will offer patrons all-natural, top quality meats complemented by a more personal experience.
The WestBean Coffee Roasters - With humble beginnings as one of the first specialty micro-batch coffee roasters in San Diego, WestBean Coffee has garnered a reputation as one of the best craft roasters in the community, with a shop located on Broadway in downtown San Diego. Armed with a 94-point review from CoffeeReview.com and named in Zagat.com as one the “16 Hottest Coffee Shops in the Nation,” WestBean will serve their signature pour-over brews, French press creations, cold brews, and more out of their new shop in Liberty Public Market.
Fully Loaded Juice - Based in Encinitas, Fully Loaded Juice is committed to 100% raw, organic, cold-pressed juice recipes. Bottled fresh daily into Paragon glass bottles, the juicery sources as much produce as possible from local farmers and offers a seasonal menu to keep in line with their high standards of health and wellness.
Venissimo Cheese - With four current locations, Venissimo Cheese has become a San Diego-based staple, with many locals and culinary outfits relying on the neighborhood shops’ artfully curated selection of cheeses from around the world. Venissimo’s fifth location at Liberty Public Market will complement the quality and sociability of the marketplace while offering local and exotic cheeses, artisanal bread, crackers, olives, chocolate, jams and olive oils.
Pho Realz - Cambodian culture and southern hospitality collide at Pho Realz, the Southeast Asian street food purveyors that have taken over local farmers markets from Oceanside to Hillcrest with their banh mi sandwiches, pho noodle bowls and more. Owners Ves Frank (first generation Asian-American by way of Connecticut) and Cindy Cuddle (a Southern Belle from Tennessee) cook their fusion Pho to order and draw long lines with bold flavors and simple ingredients. Liberty Public Market will be their first permanent outpost.
Wicked Maine Lobster - Born from two brothers’ desire to bring the flavors of Maine to San Diego, Wicked Maine Lobster introduces North Atlantic menu mainstays like classic lobster rolls and New England clam chowder to the Southern California Coast. Sourcing their lobster directly from the shores of their hometown in southern Maine, Wicked Maine Lobster has grown in popularity at numerous local San Diego area farmers markets. Liberty Public Market marks the first retail space for the concept, where they will offer their signature staples as well as new menu items such as lobster and cheese omelets, crabmeat rolls and lobster tails.
MooTime Creamery - Named by The Travel Channel as one of the “Best Ice Cream Parlors to Visit”, this Coronado neighborhood institution has been serving up America’s favorite dessert for the past 15 years. The locally owned, ‘50s style shop provides premium handcrafted ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt and hand-rolled waffle cones, all made fresh daily with the highest quality ingredients, at their two existing outposts in the heart of Coronado and at the Hotel Del.
Mastiff Sausage - San Diego food truck Mastiff Sausage Company specializes in handcrafted sausage sandwiches and subs utilizing local ingredients and fare from their own garden. Conceptualized and created by co-founders and childhood friends, Jacob Bartlett and Chef Eric Gallerstein, Mastiff Sausage Company officially opened back in 2011. Their partnership with Liberty Public Market marks their first brick-and-mortar location, and they are planning on serving their full menu as well as an assortment of prepackaged sausages and canned goods from their house garden.
Cane Patch Pies
A family-owned bakery, Cane Patch Pies features recipes that have been passed down through generations. Founded by brothers Tony and Jon Smalls, who relocated to San Diego from South Carolina, the bakery prides itself on its homemade sweet potato products, fresh baked dough and savory fillings. Liberty Public Market will house the brothers’ first brick-and-mortar location.
Cecilia’s Taqueria - With an emphasis in gourmet tacos and regional Mexican cuisine, Cecilia’s Taqueria makes their debut at Liberty Public Market. A home cook with a passion for food and the flavors from her home county of Mexico, Cecilia Cortazar Peterson has partnered with Alec House from Supanne’s House of Thai to serve freshly made tacos and an array of authentic Mexican fare. Growing produce from their own garden in San Diego, sourcing seafood from local waters off the Baja Coast and utilizing sustainable farms for their meats, Cecilia’s Taqueria aims to bring the best in Mexican cuisine to their discerning diners.