Remodeling is starting this week on a new market at N&J Cafe at the northeast corner of Edgemoor and Lincoln.
An existing market has been selling items from the Middle East, such as olives, olive oil and garbanzo beans.
The new N&J Global Market will offer a larger selection of products from around the world.
“The plan is to expand and make it its own entity,” says Bettina Tobassi, daughter of N&J owner Mona Srour.
“It’s going to be a little more varied,” Tobassi says. “I’m going to make it my full-time job to expand the market and make it a little bigger and better.”
She says she’ll focus on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean products along with some European items.
“I don’t think there’s a place here where you can find any and all three in one location,” Tobassi says.
“I’m thinking Spain and France to start off.”
She says she may add Asian items eventually.
“I’ll see as time goes on.”
In addition to packaged items, Tobassi says there will be “fresh produce that you can’t typically find at your local supermarket.”
She says there hasn’t been a lot of focus on the market that’s been in about 800 square feet at the restaurant at 5600 E. Lincoln.
The new market, which likely will open in early April, will be about 1,300 square feet.
Tobassi says she thinks the extra attention on an expanded market will pay off.
“I think people are adventurous. They might see something and want to try it.”