Six months after a vicious robbery attack left him without good sight in his left eye, Yong Yang is beginning a new chapter of his life in a new business in an old, familiar location.
Fresh Ideas Main Line debuts Friday morning in the building that was home to Yang's Market for more than 14 years. The store has a new owner, a new look and a whole new approach to a farmer's market. It also has the man who came from Korea with his daughter and a dream more than thirty years ago.
Fresh Ideas Main Line will offer not only the fresh produce items that turned Yang into a staple of the local grocery scene, it will also offer custom made-to-go food food items.
Aneu Bistro and Catering owner Meridith Coyle (McLoughlin) bought the business assests and lease for the store from Yang a few months ago. The Yang family decided to sell the business earlier this year because injuries to Mr. Yang's eye made it impossible for him to drive and keep up with some of the rigors of owning the market. Yang will now serve as a "mentor" to the new owners and will work part time in the newly named store. Aneu Operations Director Toni Fillipone tells Patch that Mr. Yang will be at work in the store for Friday's opening day.
Yang is planning to commute by rail from his home in Philadelphia to work part time at the new store which has been completely modernized. Aneu has built a totally new industrial kitchen in the building which will offer customers made-to-order foods that feature certified fresh, local farm ingredients. The kitchen will also serve the company's catering business which is moving into the new facility from its old location one door east on Lancaster Avenue (a separate facility from the Bistro).