The long-awaited transformation of the shuttered Mamita's Mexican & Cuban Food restaurant and the closed Fremont Family Market on Fremont Street has begun in earnest. Interior demolition is first on the agenda, turning the space into a grocery and retail concept tentatively named Market. The venture is being developed by The Downtown Project in a space leased from property owner Richard Sturman and his company, Encryptic LLC. Sturman has owned the building since 1997.
The 6,730-square-foot footprint wants to serve wine, beer and feature a 200-square-foot outdoor seating area. Current planning documents make no mention of a once-proposed restaurant connected to the store.
The succinct description from the Downtown Project hopes Market "will source fresh, local items where possible and will feature a significant grab-and-go component." Long rumored to be a fancy, upscale version of a corner bodega, the Project has also noted Market will carry "a variety of grocery and sundry items at varying price points," not ruling out boutique price tags for their sundry selections.