The Old Market restaurant was destroyed by fire in January 2016. Owner Ann Mellen had hoped to be open by June, but permits and construction pushed the date back.

If nothing else, it’s creating buzz. The spot, in a strip near the Mall of the Bluffs, is already crowded at both lunch and dinner. While the menu worked for us on one visit, spots that could use refinement shone through after a second.

Different chefs come to the spot to cook each week. Owner Nick Bartholomew sets the lineup, and this year he’s starting with chef Dave Utterback, who plans to open Ota restaurant down the road.

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