Nelson's Market may soon serve lunch, dinner and beer

By Ryan Wynne

Since Nelson’s Market began operating in 1895, the York Neighborhood gem has been surrounded by and experienced a lot of change. The meat market across the street closed down, Lakeway Drive has become a hub of commercial activity, and more than two years ago, market owner Jon Ostby decided to use half the space to serve breakfast and opened Marlin’s Cafe.

The family-owned market located at 514 Potter Street will likely undergo another change soon. Earlier this month, Jon applied to sell beer and wine in the cafe, which is managed by his son Paul.

No, the Ostbys are not adding beer and wine to the breakfast menu. Jon, who has owned the market for 25 years, said the decision is part of a larger internal expansion he and his son Paul are planning. They intend to keep the cafe open later and start serving lunch and dinner.

The idea isn’t just supported by the Otsbys, Jon said. Neighbors have requested the expansion.

“It’s part of the evolution of this corner,” Otsby said. “It’s an attempt to come up with the right service for the community so we can make a living at the same time.”

Jon said the menu and hour expansion will definitely happen at some point in the future, but doesn’t have a time frame established yet. In fact, the liquor license has yet to be approved.

For now, Marlin’s Cafe will be open Wednesday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 or 2 p.m., depending on demand. Once the expansion occurs, Jon said, the plan is to keep the cafe open until 10 p.m. Nelson’s Market is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

For more information, call Nelson’s Market at (360) 734-2448.

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