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Plywood Report Special: Inside Samuelsson's Merkato

Above, the shuttered Sascha space on Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, its signs still swaying sadly in the fading light of a snowy Friday afternoon. But lo! Inside, work is well underway on chef Marcus Samuelsson's forthcoming Merkato. (Good thing, insofar as initial plans called for a September opening.) Per FloFab back in June, "The name is that of the largest food market in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. He will offer his interpretation of dishes from all over Africa, with forays into Brazil and the Caribbean."

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Above, the room. Below, close-in on the map:

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· EaterWire: Marcus Samuelsson In at Sascha Space [~E~]
· Off the Menu: Merkato [NYTimes]

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