Acorn Market drawing crowds to historic location

Acorn Market, settled in its new location in Riverview Commons, is “always busy, always hoppin’.”

That’s Nick Colletti’s observation and exactly the way he and his fiancée, restaurant owner Chris Braughler, like it.

“Everybody is extremely pleased. We’ve haven’t had any complaints. We haven’t heard anything negative. They like the feel of the building. They likTW1_3124 - Copye the look of the building, the atmosphere,” Colletti said about the establishment’s new home, in the former Feldman building

Every day, customers line up for breakfast and lunch selections made fresh to order. Bread is baked daily and vegetables aren’t sprayed with chemicals while they’re growing.

Customers who need gluten-free options are accommodated, right down to brownies for dessert.

Vegetarians and vegetable lovers can order roasted vegetable Paninis, “especially now that we’re getting so much local stuff — tomatoes, squash, zucchini, corn,” Colletti said.

“We roast a bunch of vegetables throughout the day. We’re putting them on salads, on sandwiches. We have a couple vegans that come in. We came up with a bread for them that doesn’t have eggs or milk,” he said.

With seating for 70 inside, plus a spacious deck outdoors, the establishment at 150 West Market Street is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. It’s closed on Sundays.

“We’re doing a couple different things. We add a little bit every week. We’re still in trial and error at this point. We haven’t had any errors with the menu but we’re trying to get everything to flow the way it’s supposed to,” Colletti  said, adding he has rearranged the kitchen three times for efficiency.

The move, from an 800-square-foot space behind The Country House on Main Street, to the current 3,500 square feet, means better visibility, said Braughler, who appreciates the support she’s getting from Mayor Jake Day and Downtown Salisbury businesses.

The move Downtown, Braughler said, was to “meet the demand of our clients.” Acorn Market was outgrowing the former space and had limited seating.

Historic Riverview Commons, with 15,000 square feet and three stories, was built in 1890. Since its renovation, it is fully occupied. Angello’s Unique Gifts and Acorn Market occupy the first floor. Gillis Gilkerson has the second floor and Morgan Stanley took the top level.

Named for a big oak tree outside the original location that attracted squirrels who dropped acorns, the restaurant has kept its best-loved items on the menu. Among them is chicken salad, often sold by pints and quarts for take-out.

Oatmeal is among breakfast choices and there’s salmon salad and, by request, creamed chipped beef.

“I think we are really blessed. It’s keeping us excited and pulling for the future with an excitement that comes from our clients every day. They start out the day and they are thinking about our chicken salad. We’re really thankful,” Braughler said.

She and Colletti have a problem — but one to be coveted.

“We will get 125 people coming in, in a 25-minute time frame. Our average is a 7-minute ticket turnaround time. It’s a blessing and curse because Chris and I are alike in that we are both very focused and very driven. I set my goal for that time and I want to turn it around that fast,” Colletti said.

“But everybody has been pretty gracious waiting in line 40 deep. We’re so happy to have the people.”

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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