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From the start, everyone loved Neighbour’s grocery store more like a restaurant than a food market.
Thus, the downtown district market near Burnett Park has become a meeting place for lunch and dinner on weekdays.
Downtown needed more restaurants, said Kyle Cowan, owner of what is now a deli-restaurant with adjacent free parking in the First Tower on 7th, 500 W. Seventh St.
The proliferation of supermarkets and Amazon Fresh delivery services means that the city center no longer needs a market and a delicatessen. This is what Cowan opened in 2019.
But Neighbor’s House was already popular for breakfast tacos and lunch, so Cowan kept the market setting, expanded the menus and added table service.
As downtown workers return, “kitchens have become busier and errands slower,” he wrote via email.
“We started talking about change with the downtown landscape.”
Neighbor’s House now takes over in a Burnett Park neighborhood where the only other restaurants near office towers and federal buildings are Picchi Pacchi Italian and Bailey’s Bar-BQ.
A new Italian restaurant, 61 Osteria, will open next year against Burnett Park. The neighbor’s house actually faces his parking lot, 500 W. Sixth St.
“We offer an affordable, family-friendly option for downtown dining with free parking,” Cowan wrote. The dinner menu has sandwiches for $15-$20 and dinners for $20-$30, but wines and beers are sold at retail price instead of a markup.
A varied dinner menu features items such as elk meatballs, bison meatloaf, fried catfish, and seared country-style round steak with jalapeno cream sauce.
The menu also features an elk burger, seven sandwiches or po’boys, salads, and sides such as smoked cheddar grits, bourbon cream corn, and gouda mac and cheese with bacon.
Meal trays sell for $16.50.
Neighbor’s House also hosts a Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays in the early evening.
Burnett Park offers more similar programs and events at Sundance Square, including lunch concerts on Wednesdays, salsa dance lessons on Thursdays, and an outdoor screening of “Grease” on September 16.
La Maison du Voisin is open until 2 p.m. weekdays for lunch, closes mid-afternoon and reopens at 4.30pm weekdays for dinner. It’s closed on weekends; 817-334-0526, neighbourhousegrocery.com.