That locally made delicacy is brought in from a sushi restaurant in Fairfield.
"I've seen people eating lunch, and some [using] their laptop — we have Wi-Fi here," Ware said.
The lot between Market on Main and Second Street has now been cleared of the construction material and heavy equipment that had been stationed there during renovations. After finishing her Chicago dog, Starr revealed she had no problem finding a parking place.
Tim Ware (no relation to Heather) owns Appanoose Rapids, the restaurant directly across Main Street from the Market. It seemed natural to ask whether Tim was concerned that people eating at Market on Main could take away business.
"No way, I think this is great!" he said. "It draws people."
He supports the project, and said he is certain that when you turn a formerly unsightly corner into a destination, more people show up. In fact, he said, he'd welcome another restaurant moving in as downtown continues to grow — which, he said, it will.
"This," Tim said, pointing out Market on Main, "is the beginning of a renaissance for downtown."
Ottumwa reporter Mark Newman is on Twitter @couriermark