Smor­gas­burg clos­ing two weeks ear­lier than planned

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ariél Zangla azangla@free­manon­line.com ArielAtFree­man on Twit­ter

Smor­gas­burg Up­state’s inau­gu­ral sea­son is com­ing to a close two week­ends ear­lier than planned.

The out­door food and flea mar­ket at the for­mer Hut­ton Brick­yard in Kingston will close for the sea­son Oct. 15, ac­cord­ing to Jes­sica Martin, mar­ket­ing man­ager for prop­erty owner MWest Hold­ings.

The mar­ket was to be open through the last Satur­day of the month, Oct. 29, “but that has since changed,” Martin said in an email.

In­for­ma­tion about why Smor­gas­burg was clos­ing early was not avail­able Thurs­day, but Martin said in her email that the mar­ket will re­open at the Hut­ton site next May.

Smor­gas­burg opened for the sea­son Aug. 6 and has op­er­ated ev­ery Satur­day since. The open­ing day drew large crowds to the Hut­ton Brick­yard, with some of the food ven­dors run­ning out of their prod­ucts well be­fore the 5 p.m. clos­ing time.

MWest Hold­ings, based in Los Angeles, bought the Hut­ton Brick­yard prop­erty two years ago from a bank that had fore­closed on it. The com­pany part­nered with Brook­lyn Flea LLC to bring the Smor­gas­burg mar­ket to Kingston.

Brook­lyn Flea founders Jonathan But­ler and Eric Demby be­gan the out­door food vend­ing em­po­rium Smor­gas­burg in the Wil­liams­burg sec­tion of Brook­lyn be­fore bring­ing the ven­ture to Kingston.

The Hut­ton Brick­yard site, at the edge of the Hud­son River, was used for brick man­u­fac­tur­ing from 1865 to 1890 by Cordts and Hut­ton Co. and from 1890 to 1965 by the Hut­ton Brick Co. It later was sold to the Jova Man­u­fac­tur­ing Co. and then the Sta­ples Brick Co., which lasted un­til 1980.

A restau­rant op­er­ated at the site briefly in the late 1980s.

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