Gus’s Community Market opens today, bringing local produce, a deli, a cafe, a ramen bar, and more to Mission Bay.
The 10,000-square-foot market in the former Market Hall space (1101 4th Street) comes from the same family behind Haight Street Market, Noriega Produce, and Gus’s Market in the Mission. Dimitri and Bobby Vardakastanis are notably taking it on without the market’s namesake Gus Vardakastanis, their father and the empire’s founder who died in a hit-and-run last year.
While most of the offerings will feel familiar to Gus’s Market regulars, the new location features a brand new ramen bar.
“We are constantly seeking to serve our customers in better ways by adding new products and offerings to our selection,” Dimitri tells Eater SF via email. “The ramen bar expands upon our traditional menu and deli offerings, providing customers with a hot lunch or dinner option to enjoy in-store or take to-go.”
The ramen bar has a build-your-own-bowl set-up, where customers can choose from noodles (traditional ramen or buckwheat), broths (miso, spicy miso, chicken, tonkotsu, shoyu), proteins (chicken char siu, pork char siu, teriyaki chicken, tofu, egg), and vegetables (corn, green onions, baby bok choy, broccoli, peas, cilantro, mushrooms, cabbage.) The hot bowls are available within the market’s airy cafe, which is full of natural light and refurbished wood. It seats 15 people — with more seating to come outdoors pending permits — and also serves coffee from Andytown Coffee, pastries from Starter Bakery, fresh juices, smoothies, and acai bowls. Folks who prefer to imbibe while they shop can take advantage of eight rotating beers alongside a wine on tap and separate wine list.
Georgia Vardakastanis, the family matriarch, will continue to contribute her own family recipes to the market’s deli, including grab-and-go spanakopita, moussaka, and other Greek dishes, as well as sushi, poke bowls, salads, and sandwiches.