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The Purple Martin Holds Great Promise in Fox Park 

Long-time residents Brooke Roseberry and Tony Lagouranis saw the need for a neighborhood gathering place and seized on the opportunity to buy the charming storefront on the corner of California and Shenandoah avenues. Judging from the packed house on both of my visits, they have hit the right note. A large, sparsely appointed yet functional patio greets diners on approach, and tiki torches set a backyard barbecue scene. Inside, the Purple Martin has high ceilings, exposed brick and a bar made from a 1920s boxcar. Colorful pillows line the rustic wooden booths, and pendant lights made from Mason jars cast a warm glow.

Keep reading: Cheryl Baehr's review of The Purple Martin.

Photos by Corey Woodruff for the Riverfront Times.
The lamb shank is slow roasted with tomatoes and basil, and it comes with vegetables.
An appetizer.
The skordalia, a puree of garlic.
The dining room at the Purple Martin.
The "Purple Martin Nest" brings hard-boiled eggs that are marinated in beets and served alongside pickled veggies, greens and harissa.
Lablabi, a Tunisian dish made with garlic broth and chickpeas.
The skordalia, a puree of garlic.
The bar inside the Purple Martin.
An appetizer.
The "Purple Martin Nest" brings hard-boiled eggs that are marinated in beets and served alongside pickled veggies, greens and harissa.
Napoleon dessert.
The dining room at the Purple Martin.
Lablabi, a Tunisian dish made with garlic broth and chickpeas.
The lamb shank and an assortment of dishes.
The dining room at the Purple Martin.
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The lamb shank is slow roasted with tomatoes and basil, and it comes with vegetables.
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