Pythian Market officially opens at 7 a.m. today.
The newly renovated building that houses the 11,000-square foot food hall was first built in 1908 by a black fraternal organization called the Grand Lodge Colored Knights of Pythias. Called the Pythian Temple, it had a theater, rooftop garden, a local office of the NAACP, and numerous black-owned businesses.
During World War II, it became the offices of Higgins Industries, a wartime boat-builder. In the 1950s, the building was renamed the Civic Center Building. After Hurricane Katrina, the building sat empty.
The market’s 14 vendors are: 14 Parishes (Jamaican food); Bar 1908 (cocktails, beers, and frozen drinks); Central City BBQ; La Cocinita (originally a food truck selling Latin American street food); Cru (seafood); Eat Well (Vietnamese food); Fete au Fete (originally a food truck with cubanos, po-boys, fries, and grits); Frencheeze (grilled cheese); Meribo Pizza; Poulet (rotisserie chicken); Squeezed (juices), Kai’s (poké), Roustabout (coffee and tea); and Little Fig (Mediterranean from the team behind 1,000 Figs).
Opening hours are Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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