Pumpkin Market Closes


Pumpkin Market’s parklet from Spring 2013

Ian Moroney and Hillary Bor are South Street West pioneers. The couple opened Pumpkin Restaurant in 2004, next came Pumpkin Cafe and then Pumpkin Market in 2008. The Cafe and Market merged  in 2011. And now comes word that Pumpkin Market will be closing. On Facebook, the reason given is that the landlord is asking for a 65% increase in rent.

Pumpkin Restaurant will remain open.

Pumpkin Market [Facebook]
Pumpkin Restaurant [Official Site]

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  • Riceman

    Damn Landlord!

  • Whatevs

    I used to go to Pumpkin Market often and always found the service to be very cold and unfriendly. Without exaggerating, there were summer-long periods when I would drink their delicious smoothies at least four times per week, usually ordering from the same person. Every time, she would indicate to me where I could find the straws.

    I don’t need special treatment or even a hello, but pointing me toward the straws, day after day after day, always struck me as a supremely passive-aggressive refusal to acknowledge that I had learned long ago where the straws were. I’ve never understood why she behaved that way.

    I wouldn’t mind as much if it was one of those places where the servers must follow a script, such that even if I dine there every night, they must ask every night whether I’ve dined with them before. Instead, she was deliberately aloof.

    So, good riddance, I guess. The smoothies at the place on South just east of Broad are better and cheaper anyway.

    • WhateverWhatevs

      Really? Straws? Get over yourself…she just lost her business because of a greedy landlord. She starts the movement of changing the neighborhood and when it final turns…she gets booted. I’m sure you’re incredibly devastated that someone had to tell you where the straws were everyday – how do you think she feels? Thank god you took the time to write that post about straws. If you didn’t I would have gone through life thinking Pumpkin Market was actually a good establishment.

      • Whatevs

        The subtext of my post is that I’m unsympathetic because she was a passive-aggressive jerk. Her haughtiness never stopped me from patronizing the market and I will continue to eat at Pumpkin, but I’m not really sweating this closure. Whatevs, basically.