by Mabel Suen
A couple of brand new south city food spots aim to open in the coming months. In the space formerly occupied by the Juice Box (3101 Arsenal Street), a gentleman named Barry Kinder works on the layout and plans for a corner grocery and cafe spot called Grove East Provisions.
Kinder teams up with local urban farms including the fledgling Brick City Farm across the street as well as an on-the-rise baking company called Red Fox Baking and Catering, which will soon produce artisan bread and pastries cooked in a hand-built brick oven to sell at the shop, farmers' markets and more. Look for an opening sometime this summer.
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Not far from there, retired school teacher Richard Rodriguez begins work on another artisan-quality oven -- a wood-fired one for producing rustic, Neapolitan-style pizza in a new tavern concept for the Cherokee Street neighborhood called Yaquis (2628A Cherokee Street). Besides pizza, Yaquis also intends to offer a full wine bar, craft beer and tamales. The target opening is in November. More as we learn it.