Liberty Public Market in Pt. Loma.
Liberty Public Market in Pt. Loma.

Liberty Public Market, a 22,000-square-foot artisan market in Liberty Station, has lined up ten specialty merchants in preparation for its opening in October.

The $3 million mixed-use retail and commercial market is designed to be a public arena for local residents and tourists to experience handcrafted food and specialty shopping.

The first ten of what will ultimately 30 vendors are:

Liberty Meat Shop — An old-fashioned neighborhood butcher shop run by Tommy Battaglia, whose family founded Tommy’s Quality Meats.

WestBean Coffee Roasters — A micro-batch coffee roaster that also has a shop on Broadway in downtown San Diego.

Fully Loaded Juice — One hundred percent raw, organic, cold-pressed juice bottled fresh daily into Paragon glass bottles.

Venissimo Cheese — This San Diego staple, with cheeses and other foods from around the world, is adding a fifth location in the new market.

Pho Realz — Cambodian culture and southern hospitality combine at the first permanent location for street vendor Pho Realz, whose banh mi sandwiches and pho noodle bowls are drawing crowds at local farmers markets.

Wicked Maine Lobster — Two brothers from Maine bring classic lobster rolls and New England clam chowder to the Southern California Coast.

MooTime Creamery — This Coronado institution is opening its first ice cream parlor in San Diego proper.

Mastiff Sausage — A San Diego food truck is opening its first brick-and-mortar location, serving the full menu as well as an assortment of prepackaged sausages and canned goods.

Cane Patch Pies — A family-owned bakery, started by two brothers from South Carolina, features recipes that have been passed down through generations.

Cecilia’s Taqueria — This restaurant will emphasize gourmet tacos and regional Mexican cuisine, with seafood sourced from local waters off the Baja coast.

The market is operated by Blue Bridge Hospitality, which is acting as a collaborative partner for the artisan businesses, providing support and marketing services.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.