A Cafe for the ICA from Ellwood Thompson's Local Market

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As anticipation ratchets up for the opening of the hulking yet cool metal-clad Institute for Contemporary Art, Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market has announced another reason to visit the new landmark. This spring, the store will open a cafe that’s kind of a mashup of its Create Bar and the Beet in Carytown.

The juicer will be whirling to produce your favorite raw drinks, and you can also expect sandwiches and flatbreads named after well-known artists. How about a Banksy — tuna salad, tomatoes and swiss cheese on a house-made dill loaf — or perhaps a Pollock — portobello mushrooms with broccoli, artichoke spread and mozzarella on ciabatta? Local coffee, beer, wine and cider will be available to wash it all down. Mike Holland, who comes from the West Coast health industry, will join the Ellwood team as cafe manager.

“Ellwood’s believes that belonging and being rooted to a local place has deep, even spiritual, meaning,” owner Rick Hood said in a news release. “There is nothing like the interweaving of lives and continuity of relationships that occur on the local level. We are excited to partner with VCU to bring our community more access to locally sourced, sustainable, healthy food.”


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