Market Announces Two New Merchants

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Mar 14, 2019 | by Sarah Levitsky

The Market is pleased to announce the newest merchants set to open in the Market!

Coreda’s Caribbean Cuisine (coming spring 2019):

Owner Coreda Matthews is no stranger to the Market.  After immigrating to the United States from Jamaica, Matthews found work at Delilah’s at Reading Terminal, where she learned to prepare southern soul food. After Delilah’s closing in 2012, Matthews managed her own catering business until she was approached by Keven Parker to bring her previous experience to his eponymous Keven Parker’s Soul Food Café, also in the Market. During her time there, Matthews refined her skills, lead Caribbean cooking demos in City Kitchen, and prepared to open her own business.

“I’ve always loved the Market, and my dream was to come back and have my own space [in the Market] one day,” said Matthews. “I realized there was a demand for Caribbean specialties like oxtail, and I wanted to create a space in Center City for people to enjoy authentic, Caribbean cuisine. I love seeing people enjoy my food, and I can’t wait to watch my customers relive their memories of the islands as well as introduce newcomers to my Caribbean heritage through my menu.”

 

Umi Seafood and Sushi Bar (coming Summer 2019):

This exciting collaboration brings together renowned chef Yong Kim of the Bluefin family of restaurants and seafood maven Suzi Kim of John Yi Fish Market, also located in the Reading Terminal. Yong Kim brings more than 20 years of restaurant experience to the Market. Originally from South Korea, Kim immigrated to the Philadelphia area at the age of 16. He is currently the owner and head chef of Bluefin Restaurant in East Norriton, B2 BlueFin in Bala Cynwyd, and Bluefin Eagleview in Exton. At his Bluefin restaurant, Kim met his now business partner and mentor, Suzi Kim, who brings more than 40 years of experience at the forefront of fresh seafood in Philadelphia. The two bonded over their passion for providing Philadelphians with the highest quality seafood and their philosophy of growing meaningful relationships with their customers.

“I am honored to join Reading Terminal Market,” said Yong Kim. “Everyone knows Reading Terminal Market is the best, with a reputation for fresh, diverse foods, and I am grateful to Suzi for helping me become a part of this esteemed establishment. We chose the name ‘Umi’ because it means ‘ocean’ in Japanese and we want to emphasize our dedication to providing the freshest fish in all of our products.”

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