Lo­cal Fla­vor Park Is­land

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Culture -

The “not so tra­di­tional health-food” restau­rant, Park Is­land Mar­ket and Cafe, has been open since early March and co-own­ers Ar­mando Or­tiz Martinez and Joseph Sheri­dan say they are thrilled to be shar­ing their pas­sions with their neigh­bors.

Spe­cial­iz­ing in lo­cally-sourced fresh pro­duce, this or­ganic mar­ket also serves a va­ri­ety of tasty, healthy dishes rang­ing from ve­gan to beef. Part of the mis­sion of Park Is­land is to ed­u­cate oth­ers on the long term ben­e­fits of a healthier life­style, but with a spirit of grad­u­al­ism. They un­der­stand that fam­i­lies to­day take some­what of a “mix and match” ap­proach to healthy eat­ing. “We wanted to be able to have some­thing for ev­ery­one,” said Sheri­dan. “It’s not about push­ing ‘di­ets,’ it’s about show­ing how easy it is to make things taste great while be­ing healthy.”

The mar­ket and cafe of­fer an eclec­tic mix of foods from around the world fea­tur­ing in­ter­na­tional cook­ing from many eth­nic groups and those of spe­cific di­ets on Sun­day and Mon­day nights.

Lo­cated at 250 Park Ave. across from the Ole Velda Rose in the Park Av­enue His­toric Dis­trict of Hot Springs Na­tional Park, Park Is­land is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Story by MANDIE GOBER

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