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First Market House Tenant to Open

Annapolis, MD (6-20-13) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announces Amsterdam Falafelshop is the first of six tenants to open at the Market House, bringing a European flair with top-it-yourself falafels and Dutch style fries to the City.

The Falafelshop opened Thursday, June 20, during a soft “By Invitation Only” launch. However, a public opening is expected Monday, June 24.

“Amsterdam Falafelshop ignites enthusiasm from our employees and our patrons,” owner of the Annapolis Amsterdam Falafelshop Amrish Vyas said.  “I think everyone who comes in will feel the excitement, while they experience the freshness of our food and the uplifting energy of our shop.”

“The best part about the experience is that customers can see everything being made in front of them as its being cooked,” Amsterdam Falafelshop President and CEO Arianne Bennett said.  “There is no mystery when it comes to trying something new at Amsterdam Falafelshop. We encourage our customers to ask questions and enjoy the experience; the end result is they get a terrific meal and an education at the same time.” 

At Amsterdam Falafelshop, the falafel is their passion. They are focused on sharing this tasty street-food with America so everyone can appreciate the warm, crunchy deliciousness of the falafel sandwich in a hip, European environment.

"The Market House is part of the authentic Annapolis experience,” Mayor Cohen said.  “More than just a collection of vendors, it is a gathering spot where the different threads of our community come together.  Annapolitans are ready to turn the page, and I am thrilled that today we begin a new chapter for the Market House.

"I commend our City staff and the team at Amsterdam Falafelshop for working tirelessly to meet my target of re-opening the Market House before summer.  As badly as we have all wanted to see the Market House opened, our team has been diligent to make sure that we do it right.  I am confident that our community will embrace the new mix of vendors, and that the Market House will once again take its rightful place as the pride of Annapolis.”

Before Mayor Cohen left to attend  a trade visit to Ireland, he stopped by and left Amrish a $10 bill.   Mayor Cohen asked if he could purchase a falafel, even though he was out of the country on June 20. Amrish told the mayor that he would ring him up on the register as the first falafel purchased in Annapolis and hang the receipt on our wall.

“ We are pleased the time has finally come to open this market and we hope that after an extended period of waiting, this will be the final rendition of a successful market,” Acting Mayor Sheila Finlayson said.

Most of the Amsterdam Falafelshop employees are Annapolitans and most live a bicycle ride away from the Market House.

The Amsterdam Falafelshop hours of operation are:

  • Monday through Thursday - 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday - 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
  • Sunday – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, go to www.falafelshop.com

The following tenants are expected to open during the next several weeks:
  • Hard Bean Café, which includes Midship Fresh Bar and Carl’s Corned Beef & Delicatessen
  • Firenze’s Gelataria & Coffee
  • Annapolis Organic Market
  • Good Life Smoothie Bar
  • Yellowfin Seafood & Oyster Bar