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Market off Main completes work on outdoor dining area

NEW PORT RICHEY ­­— Market off Main has put the finishing touches on a new, larger stage.

Located downtown on the Cotee River, the produce market and popular lunch spot offers backyard dining in addition to seating inside. It often host events such as Cuban festivals and sock hops with local entertainers providing live music.

With these events occurring more frequently and growing in size, owners Jerry Kuss and Rose Mohr decided to revamp the outside seating and small stage to better accommodate guests and musicians.

“We found that we needed more room to bring in bigger groups,” Kuss said. “We put in multiple levels for dining and so that people could see the entertainment.”

The new stage is 12 feet by 16 feet, and there’s a retainer wall to prevent water damage during the rainy season and high tide. The flooring in front of the stage is removable.

The Market Off Main has been at its Lincoln Street location since 2009. It began at Massachusetts Avenue and Madison Street and moved to Main Street after a fire destroyed the business.

In the past the market only sold fresh-picked produce, but in recent years it has expanded to include a deli serving homemade ice cream, soups, salads, quiches and Juan DeSosa’s famous Black Bean Cuisine.

It also sells local products such as honey and fresh-baked bread and handcrafted home decor by local artists.

Market Off Main is at 241 Lincoln St., across from Sims Park. For information, call (727) 849-4940.

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