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Little-Used Section Of Bridge Will Come Alive With Craft Market

From the time he started planning his brand new restaurant, Guacaya Bistreaux, next to the Washington Avenue bridge, Pedro Wolcott has wondered why there’s a big open platform on the side of the bridge that gets such little use.

This coming Sunday, August 7th, he’ll make sure it gets plenty of use with a live DJ, food, cocktails and crafts for sale. It’s an event he’s calling El Mercado, and he’s invited ten immigrant-owned businesses to take part.

“That’s kind of what I’ve been a champion for in this neighborhood,” Wolcott said. “That’s my goal in life is to bring in more diversity to a neighborhood like this.”

Pedro Wolcott

The event is scheduled from 2-8pm.

“We’re going to give it a test run and then we may do it a few more times before the summer’s over,” Wolcott said. “Next year we might make it a permanent thing with live music and just make it a fun community event.”

The various craft vendors will be selling everything from jewelry and clothing to candles. The event will also serve as the official grand opening celebration for Guacaya Bistreaux.

By Mike Binkley, North Loop volunteer

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