Eastern Market’s Silver Spork Sold
New “Radice” Will Feature Italian Specialty Foods and Products
by Larry Janezich
According to Kitty Kaupp of Stanton Development, Silver Spork owner Seth Shapiro has sold his six-year old business across the street from Eastern Market. The unnamed purchaser, from Northern Virginia, will open an Italian specialty shop and deli featuring fine Italian wines and olive oils and sandwiches. Kaupp says it will be in keeping with Stanton’s retail philosophy of focusing on products from small producers. According to Kaupp, the Silver Spork will continue to operate through the end of the year, after which the venue will undergo remodeling by the new owner before reopening as “Radice” – Italian for “roots” – early in 2014.
Shapiro – Managing Partner of “Just Around the Corner LLC” announced last September that that after six years as a Marvelous Market, the retail food shop across from Eastern Market would relinquish its association with the Marvelous Market chain and become “the local independent shop we have strived to be all this time.” Shapiro did not respond to a request for comment regarding the sale.