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John Mellencamp

Hampden: Hampden HiFi and The Food Market are both gaining momentum

Whew! Another HonFest is now in our rearview mirrors, and the only thing left to remember it by are the persistent feather boa sheddings that seem to get everywhere and are impossible to completely clean up. (That and the embarrassing photos, darn cell phone cameras!)

Seriously, at one point during the festival, it looked like someone had taken a lawn mower to a flock of pink flamingos — which this columnist does NOT recommend doing.

But during all the hubbub, it was easy to overlook an exciting new dining opportunity that opened the Friday before HonFest — The Food Market, 1017 W. 36th St. It is in the old location of the Hampden Food Market, and the new owners...