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Late last year a market concept sprang up in Middle Village, Queens: Village Barn, a grocery store well stocked with organic meats and produce, gluten free and soy free items plus lines of all natural beauty products.
The market aims to be an affordable health food store for every diet need, particularly for people suffering from a variety of allergies.
Met Foods owner Bill Fani built Village Barn and wants to see the store on Staten Island. The inspiration came from Fani’s grandson who has grown up with food allergies.
“He steered me into this. So instead of having a Food Town or a C Town, I thought, ‘let me take this idea to a totally different level,'” said Fani.
So in the mix of offerings at the newly overhauled Queens market prototype, Fani rolled out an all day sushi station where a chef works to custom order, an in house bakery, grab and go foods and craft beer.
Fani describes Village Barn as a “mini Whole Foods” or Trader Joe’s without the private labels. It’s a world where Fani said “country meets city” and meats are all “Choice” as opposed to “Select.” (“Choice” grade is a notch below “Prime” and “Select,” “Commercial” and “Standard” are the lowest meat grades.)
Fani developed an interest in the food business thanks to his father. His Dad cooked in professional kitchens around the Island like those at Demyan’s Hofbrau in Stapleton and Cosmo’s in Grasmere. The younger Fani began in the grocery business as a teen. Ironically, while working at the former A in Castleton Corners, now Met Foods, Fani told a supervisor, “One day, I will own this store.”
The long time Islander takes pride in the distinctness of his stores, in their prime meats and inventories of locally produced products like Melone Bros. bread, beer and Beezy Beez honey. Crooner classics play on the sound system. Each venue has its own separate seafood department and groceries are intended to appeal to the borough’s diverse cultures.
Fani emphasizes a personal touch with service at each Island location. Home delivery, for example, can be phoned into the store to a personal shopper one is to call in the morning and get on a list from which a store associate will call back later for the order for a nominal delivery fee.