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New Whole Foods to have a big taproom and a mochi ice cream bar

What are mochi? They are bite-sized ice cream treats made with rice dough. The new Whole Foods Market at The Summit will have them.
What are mochi? They are bite-sized ice cream treats made with rice dough. The new Whole Foods Market at The Summit will have them. Whole Foods Market

Lexington’s new Whole Foods Market will have lots of new amenities when it moves from Lexington Green to The Summit at Fritz Farm. They will include a Barn Door Tap Room with lots of local craft beer, scratch bread made in-house with spent grain from Barrel House Distilling, pies from The Pie Queen of Bowling Green, and a self-serve mochi bar. What is mochi? a sort of rice-dough frozen treat that Whole Foods thinks might be the next big thing.

Whole Foods Market’s new Lexington store, set to open June 23 at 4059 Finn Way, also will have expanded selections of local products and other new items across departments. The store will open after an 8:45 a.m. bread-breaking ceremony.

“We are excited to share this store and its expanded features and product offerings with new shoppers and longtime Whole Foods Market customers alike,” Melissa Arnett, the Lexington store’s team leader, said in a news release. “The store will include many new and locally sourced and seasonal products that meet our high-quality standards. Whether you come for self-serve mochi, wood-fired pizza, local beer on tap at the Barn Door Tap Room, or scratch-made bread, the store will be a new gathering place for the community.”

Decor will include using a reclaimed barn door and recycled bourbon barrel tops, along with bold colors.

The 40,000-square-foot store will include, according to the company:

▪  The Barn Door Tap Room, which features a seasonal farm-to-table menu and 32 taps, many offering local craft beer.

▪  More than 75 local suppliers providing products including seasonal produce, fresh pasta and barbecue sauce.

▪  Scratch bread made in-house with spent grain from Barrel House Distilling Co.

▪  Expanded selection across all departments, with an emphasis on organic and locally sourced products.

▪  A self-serve mochi ice cream bar.

▪  A partnership with the Pie Queen of Bowling Green.

▪  Outdoor seating with a fire pit.

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