Couple carry on family business tradition in Arkell


Market and bistro will feature local foods and wine and beer, pending the approval of a liquor licence application


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Stephen and Jessica Goyda stand on the porch of their new market and bistro, Union Market Square, located at the crossroads in Arkell, 599 Arkell Rd. A grand opening is in the works. – Paul Boreham, for the Mercury Tribune

Union Market Square “softly” opened mid-May, sending out tender shoots, and is now about to blossom into a full-fledged market and bistro at the corner in Arkell.

“It’s been a long time, but it’s been well worth the wait,” said owner Stephen Goyda, at one of the tables in his bistro. Renovations are finished inside, the grounds are landscaped and everything is up to code, he said. It’s been about two years in the works.

Originally the name was to be the Dirty Apron, but Union Market Square is “more grand and friendly” he said, in keeping with his vision of a place where the community can come together in a “fun, relaxing environment.”

Located across from Arkell United Church, the two-story building is hard to miss on the southwest corner of Watson and Arkell Road, with its covered porch and flags flying. Inside, it’s an open concept, with the market on the left and bistro, with seating for about 18, on the right.

“It’s a very open kitchen, so you can see us preparing all the food,” Goyda said. “It’s like a local market slash butcher shop, with a small little restaurant attached.”

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