Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2017

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In the United Kingdom, they call it your "local," a favorite neighborhood pub or a frequent haunt where, just like on "Cheers," everyone knows your name. It's a place you feel totally at ease popping in for a sandwich, a pint or a cup of coffee with friends or on your own. Somewhere you're considered one of the regulars, and you can get away with simply asking for "the usual." Goose the Market is my local. Well, for the sake of diplomacy, it's one of my locals. From my first visit shortly after the popular deli, market and butcher shop opened in 2007 at 25th and Delaware, I knew I'd found my happy place. I've conducted countless business lunches over Batalis (the establishment's epic signature sandwich) with our food writer, dined with my wife on date nights, and shared plenty of vino and charcuterie with good friends in the basement enoteca. On any given weekday, you might find me lunching at one of the window seats, nursing a gelato at an outdoor table if the weather's nice, or hunting around in the basement for a great bottle of wine to complement our family dinner that evening. About a year ago on Good Friday, I stood at the counter next to a dapper gent holding two full bags of grocery items as he waited to pay. We started chatting, as one is apt to do at Goose, and I wound up helping him carry the bags to his car (which just happens to be the same make and model as mine). As good fortune would have it, in the course of our conversation, we discovered we're neighbors who live around the corner from each other. Next thing you know, we're fast friends and meeting at Goose for sandwiches on a regular basis. e fact that friendships like this form often at Goose the Market says a lot about owners Chris and Mollie Eley and the culture they've created. is cozy haunt that has become a virtual home away from home for so many patrons is much more than just somewhere to eat. It's a place to find camaraderie and connection, to build relationships with proprietors and fellow customers we see time and again. Because so many employees have been there since the very beginning, I feel as if I'm stepping into a roomful of old friends every time I visit. And they extend that same courtesy, enthusiasm and knowledge to every customer, old or new, which is only part of what makes stopping at Goose such a memorable, comforting experience. It's not hard to find your happy place. Just seek out a cozy little spot you like, and make it your own. If you can't find one in your neighborhood, I suggest a foray to the Goose. You'll find me by the window. Jeffrey Cohen jeff@slmag.net From the Editor-in-Chief 30 slmag.net

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