Wednesday, June 1, 2011

LB's Market House and Deli Closes Doors in 12South

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 1:10 PM

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LB's Market House, the 12South grocery and deli that stressed locally grown produce and meat, announced today that it has closed.

Owned by Miranda Whitcomb Pontes (Burger Up, Frothy Monkey) and architect Nick Dryden, LB's opened four months ago, aiming to use and promote "local, responsibly farmed" ingredients in its menu of sandwiches, soups and takeout entrées.

LB's posted this message today on its Twitter feed: "Closed - sold to someone lovely. Nick and I are sad; however more in love with our community than ever. With love N and M."

If the business has indeed been sold, that appears to leave open the possibility that the market will reopen under new ownership. Reached by email, Pontes declined to elaborate, saying only, "It's a tough day/tougher decision."

LB's made a big splash on the Nashville food scene after it opened in February. Pontes and Dryden had purchased the business from its previous owners (who ran it for a few months as Greenlight Market).

In Pontes and Dryden's hands the shop became a charming little neighborhood spot with an ambitious vision, including a program of house-cured meats. We'll report more details as they become available.

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