BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Bubble tea lovers in Baltimore will have a new spot to sip the in-demand Vietnamese drink, conveniently located at the newly renovated Lexington Market.

Baltimore-based developer Seawall on Wednesday announced Kokee Tea, a family-owned business with a current location at the Annapolis Mall, is the latest new vendor at Lexington Market. The business is run by father and son James and David Park

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“It’s all family running Kokee Tea; in the new Lexington Market, we’re excited for new customers to try bubble tea at our second location,” said co-owner James Park.

Park previously operated Bargain Outlet at Lexington Market. After 15 years, the tobacco shop will not continue in the new Market.

The developer also announced Hominy Kitchen, a southern food vendor, will keep its spot at the market. Hominy Kitchen joined the market in March 2021 and is run by husband-wife duo Deshaun and Najla Scott.

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“Our food is made from scratch every day – it’s the comforting Southern classics that folks always come back for, ” said co-owner Deshaun Scott. “Lexington Market is very symbolic for me; my grandfather used to bring me here before Orioles games and I now feel like I’m part of the Market’s future.”

Known as the longest continuously operating public market in the United States, the 240-year-old Lexington Market is undergoing a $40 million redevelopment and renovation by Baltimore-based developer Seawall.

The transformation calls for a new 61,000-square-foot market building to be constructed on the existing south parking lot and the demolition of the arcade building.

Once the project is complete, an open space will become a pedestrian plaza on Lexington Street. The market has remained open during construction, which started in February 2020.

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CBS Baltimore Staff