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Keeping It Fresh Downtown

By Nick Dekker

Published April 1, 2011
(Credit: Chris Casella)

Imagine a farmers market where all the produce is prepared for your noshing pleasure, alongside farm-fresh eggs and cheeses. Think Chipotle, but with Ohio-grown goods transformed into salads and wraps. That’s the concept behind Market 65, the newly opened eatery on Capitol Square downtown.

College roommates Anthony Micheli and Patrick Katzenmeyer had long dreamed of opening a restaurant together, putting Katzenmeyer’s business degrees and Micheli’s restaurant experience to work. When the San Francisco Oven at 65 East State Street closed earlier this year, the entrepreneurial pair seized the opportunity to open Market 65, where fast-casual meets local farm.

The dining experience is focused on “the honesty of the food,” says Micheli. Customers lining up along the counter get a full view of their salads under construction. The menu features signature salads like the Blackened Cobb (chicken, veggies, egg, and feta) or the Tuscan Orzo (chicken, spinach, orzo pasta, tomato, and parmesan), or you can customize your own. Choose your base from a mix of greens, including spinach, romaine lettuce, and arugula. Pick your produce from a huge list that features everything from asparagus and haricots verts to zucchini, apples or black beans. Throw in your choice of cheese, and then select from a list of add-on toppings featuring vegetarian and carnivorous options, including bacon, lump crab, avocados, and grilled portobello mushrooms. The final touch is your choice of made-from-scratch dressings like truffled vinaigrette and the popular chipotle ranch.

Market 65’s fare is easily eaten in-house or on the go. Breakfast – served ’til 10:30 a.m. – features oatmeal, pastries, and breakfast wraps. Diners can also incorporate elements of the salad bar into a custom wrap.

This shop stands out from most downtown delis by focusing on the delicious bounty of Ohio operations. Cheese is sourced from Lucky Penny and LW Randle Farms. Milk comes from Snowville Creamery in Pomeroy. You can get oatmeal made with oats from Stutzman’s Amish farm. Stauf’s provides special blends of Certified Organic Fair Trade coffee. Delicious baked goods arrive from local bakeries like Sassafras Bakery, Sue’s Kitchen, and Cupcake Yum Yum. More local produce will join the menu as summer hits.

Micheli and Katzenmeyer’s goal is to reach downtown eaters all day long – not just during lunch hour. They turn on the lights at 7:30 a.m. for early risers and keep the doors open ’til around 8 p.m. for the late dinner crowd. Whether you’re relaxing on their patio, or munching your grub between meetings, Market 65 serves up a wholesome array of Ohio’s finest offerings.

Market 65 is located at 65 E State St. For more information, visit www.marketsixtyfive.com.