Market Salamander Planned for Downtown

We may not be getting a Balducci's downtown, but Metrocurean has learned that another gourmet market is on its way. Ellen and Todd Gray of Equinox are planning to open a Market Salamander right next door to their restaurant, Ellen tells Metrocurean. The original Market Salamander, located in Middleburg (above), offers freshly prepared hot and cold foods like bourbon pecan chicken salad and stout braised beef brisket, as well as wines, artisan cheeses, charcuterie and other gourmet goods.

The new market will be a smaller version of Middleburg's popular destination. The Grays will be partners in the market with Sheila Johnson, who also co-owns the Washington Mystics and co-founded BET. Johnson called on Todd Gray several years ago to develop the culinary program for the flagship market.

In related news, Equinox will be getting "a new black dress" in late winter, Ellen says. Stay tuned for updates on the makeover and the market.

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