A year after the fire that gutted the South Hall of Eastern Market, food vendors are working out of a temporary structure known as East Hall and renovation of the historic market building is under way, though some believe outdoor vendors are still looking at a difficult road ahead.
“We’re going through a tough period,” outdoor craft vendor Larry Gallo said.
Gallo, who represents the outdoor vendors on the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee, expressed concern that the renovation of the building and the redesign of Seventh Street Southeast will crowd the outdoor merchants.
“The building renovation is going to be going on all year. The streetscape reconstruction looks like it’s going to be going on at least until October, if not later,” Gallo said. “Once again this will be a challenging year at the market.”