Chris McKenzie, better known as “Mac,” has been in the food business for a long time, but he’s recently started a new venture in Dogtown — Mac’s Local Buys Market (1221 Tamm Avenue). The shop specializes in local food made in small batches, from fresh-baked bread to dry-aged, grass-fed beef.
McKenzie, who got his start in the food business with the CSA Mac's Local Buys, is now the chef at Mac’s Local Eats, a well-reviewed burger joint inside Tamm Avenue Bar. The adjacent market space is a side project he's has been working to get up and running since this summer. After opening on Black Friday, the market is now celebrating its grand opening with a "holiday blitz" on Saturday, December 9.Nearly everything in the shop comes from within a few hundred miles of St. Louis. Its shelves hold Banner Road Baking Company granola, made by former Pastaria executive pastry chef Anne Croy; Core + Rind’s vegan cashew “cheesy” sauce; Kakao hot chocolate; pot pies from Dogtown’s Sugaree bakery; and of course, Dogtown frozen pizzas.
When he was asked to take over the kitchen at Tamm Avenue Bar, the market storefront was part of the package deal. “It’s a unique set-up,” says McKenzie, “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” He has long had connections to local farms through running Mac’s Local Buys, a meat-and-produce subscription, and hopes the market will bring farm-fresh meats and locally made goods to more people.
A sign above the checkout counter expresses the market’s vision perfectly: “Our region is rich with small-batch producers, artisans, and family farms — each one bringing their own unique story. Thanks for allowing us to share their stories with you.”
The market is open from 10 a.m til 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. And that's not the only thing cooking on its block in Dogtown: Mac’s Local Eats recently expanded its hours, and is now serving lunch and dinner six days a week. The order window inside the bar is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday and Wednesday and Thursday, as well as 11 a.m. til 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Both the market and the restaurant are closed on Tuesdays.
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