A new specialist convenience store in Leechburg offers late hours and home-cooked meals

There is a new specialist market in Leechburg.

Market on Second opened last week and sells takeout, soups, sandwiches, sides and more.

Everything is made fresh daily.

“I opened this restaurant because I have a passion for cooking soups and pierogies,” said owner Jennifer Tony, who also owns Beermuda Tavern in New Kensington.

Tony and a group of retired women start cooking in Beermuda’s kitchen around 5 a.m.

“It’s like eating your grandma’s cooking,” said Tara Salem, social media, marketing and events manager at Market on Second.

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A variety of homemade soups are available at Market on Second in Leechburg.

Wherever possible, fresh, local ingredients are used.

This week’s chili featured organic chilies from Anarchy Farms in Gilpin. The majority of vegetables come from Amish-owned Ambrose Farms in Smicksburg. The coffee comes from Steel Cup Coffee Roasters in New Kensington.

All meals are prepared in small quantities.

“The cooler is not going to be completely full, to make sure everything is fresh,” Tony said. Coolers are restocked twice a day, usually around 11am and 3:30pm

Meals include their original chicken salad, lasagna, Asian-glazed salmon, sloppy joes, barbecue brisket, stuffed pork chops, tangy Italian sausages and pierogies.

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Homemade stuffed pork chop and mashed potatoes is one of the takeaways sold at Market on Second in Leechburg.

Market on Second is open from 11am to midnight – a rarity in small towns.

“We have a lot of shift workers, like nurses, and they want a home-cooked meal that they can just take home and reheat – no cooking,” said Ann Suppers of Leechburg.

Tony’s goal is to provide nutritious, unprocessed meals.

“There are a lot of shift workers in the factory and the hospitals in the area, so she wanted to provide those hard workers with good, healthy options at all times,” Salem explained, staying open until midnight.

The market sells a variety of toiletries, as well as infused olive oils and dry Italian pasta.

Plans include website development, online ordering and local delivery three times a week.

Tony, from New Kensington, graduated from Valley High School. She also owns L&M Market in Arnold and The Broken Bottle in Kittanning.

A grand opening with free samples is scheduled for Thursday.

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