The new Essex Market has its first flop. The shawarma counter, Samesa, has shut down just five months after the market moved into its new gleaming space as part of the Essex Crossing project. Samesa, a project from the high profile chefs, Max and Eli Sussman, was one of a handful of new ventures joining the Essex Market’s longtime vendors in the new facility.
Some merchants have benefited from the move, attracting new customers. But it’s apparent that some of the same problems that plagued the market for years (namely a dearth of regular customers) have not been solved by relocating into a new space.
The first part of the Market Line, a companion shopping hall below the Essex Market, is expected to open with 30 new food vendors later this month.