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Strauss Bros. Co. in Eastern Market is opening a street food stand this weekend

Strauss Bros. Co. in Eastern Market is opening a street food stand this weekend
Strauss Bros. Co. in Eastern Market is opening a street food stand this weekend

Strauss Bros. Co.’s Eastern Market retail store expands the culinary offerings of Eastern Market’s weekend festivities with the introduction of its Street Food menu.

Co-owner Adam Meldrum says the shop at 2478 Riopelle’s menu includes easy-to-eat, convenient dishes that showcase not only its own products but others in the market as well.

The menu, developed with Chef Christian Salcedo, includes Marrow grilled sausage with peppers and onions on a bun topped with Strass’s own small-batch tomato sauce. For cheese lovers, there are the Arancini balls with fried rice and cheese, served with your choice of Strauss Bros. Co. sauce for dipping. Also served is a cold pasta salad with sautéed vegetables, cheese and Strauss’ small-batch tomato and basil sauce.

Customers can order in-store and walk around with their food, or sit outside on the street and purchase other food and drinks from other independent shops nearby. If you like what you try, you can purchase a bottle of sauce from the store to cook with at home.

“Our street on Riopelle is such a great street with Detroit City Distillery, Eastern Market Brewery and (Indian restaurant) Midnight Temple here, it’s just such a great atmosphere to hang out, in addition to all the shopping you do in the sheds,” Meldrum said. “We’re just hoping to give people an opportunity to spend more time down here and eat and drink.”

Strauss Bros. Co. was founded as a butcher shop in 1954 and existed until 2005. In 2022, descendants of the owners and their families have revived the brand and use family recipes to produce pasta sauces and condiments in small batches.

The Strauss Bros. Co. line is sold at the Riopelle shop and local grocery stores such as Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Busch’s Fresh Food Market, Western Market in Ferndale, Village Market in Grosse Pointe, Papa Joe’s in Rochester and Meijer Woodward Corner in Royal Oak. The jarred sauces come in four varieties: tomato and basil, vodka sauce, arrabbiata and palomino. The three seasonings are Heat, Bold Beef and GPS, an all-purpose blend of garlic, pepper and salt.

Offering hot meals in the store is part of the company’s growth plan, Meldrum said.

“Our goal has always been to grow. Eventually we wanted to open food trucks and then maybe a real restaurant. This is the first step in that direction,” he said.

The hot meal will be served Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Strauss Bros. Co., 2478 Riopelle in Detroit. For more information, visit straussbrothers.com.

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