TORONTO ― As a way to help Toronto-based Marben Restaurant survive during the lingering pandemic, the restaurant’s owners launched a marketplace. Now, two years after the pandemic, the company has recently launched a new location at 28 Bathurst Street, Unit 5-104 for that market concept. The unique offering of niche products will now be housed in a new space at Stackt Market, which will allow the operators to bring the location back to being a restaurant again.
“We met with the people at Stackt and loved their spaces, philosophy and community vibe,” says Chris Locke, Marben’s executive chef. “And, it’s just down the road from us, keeping our focus in the community where we’ve been for 15 years.”
At the Marben Market guests will find a selection of sustainably sourced, local items including fresh milk, eggs, cheese, pantry items, drinks and heat-at-home restaurant-inspired meals such as the John’s Burger patties, pies and mac and cheese. Shopping local helps support farmers and supporting this local supply chain is at the heart of Marben.
“The market at Stackt allows us to be part of an incredible community of independent artisans and showcase all the hard work in our retail offerings. Giving people the opportunity to experience Marben at home has always been a goal of ours and this seems like the perfect space to be in,” Locke says.
In addition to market goodies, guests who step inside unit 5-104 at Stackt will find an incredible mural painted on the interior wall. This was done by local artist, Heidi Berton, who also painted the front of Marben Restaurant’s patio in 2020.