A 3,500-sq.-ft. grocery store called Epicurean Express will open next month across the street from live-music showcase Warehouse Live in East Downtown. It’ll fit next to Cork Soakers Wine Bar — which opened earlier this year — in a sixties-vintage strip center at the corner of St. Emanuel and Rusk that used to house a massage parlor. (The PODS pod in the photo above is in front of the market space, at 2018 Rusk.) Both the grocery and the wine bar, the renovation of the strip center, and Lucky’s Pub across the street (next door to Warehouse Live) are the work of corner entrepreneur Anthony Wegmann. Wegmann says he’s still looking for other businesses for the strip center’s remaining 3,500 sq. ft.
Wegmann’s publicist says he’s hoping Epicurean Express will be “more appealing than an access road gas station corner mart.” It’ll sell fresh produce, meats, spices, and cleaning supplies, among other things. A coffee bar will be included when it opens; prepared meals are scheduled to arrive in the fall.
Photo: Swamplot inbox