Chef Rachel Miller recently opened Sin City Superette, a community market offering basic groceries, household essentials and takeout in downtown Lynn.
Adjacent to the Nightshade Noodle Bar, Sin City Superette aims to make healthy foods and necessities more accessible in the neighborhood, accepting EBT payments and keeping items as affordable as possible. Miller also works in partnership with many local suppliers, such as farmers and fishermen.
Miller has operated the Nightshade Noodle Bar for nearly three years at 73 Exchange St. in Lynn. Before that, Nightshade was a pop-up, booking diners on the North Shore for two and a half years.
Nightshade combines Vietnamese and French cuisine in a gourmet setting, serving a rich tasting menu of seafood and noodle dishes.
For Miller and his team, the pandemic has highlighted a lack of affordable and accessible breakfast spots in Lynn, as well as a need for quick, nutritious lunches and staple foods for home. Sin City Superette was born out of a goal to fill that void.
Their raw, hot and cold prepared meals include breakfast sandwiches, yogurt parfaits, sandwiches, salads, burgers (regular and vegan) and Sin City Sushi, a HACCP-certified operation within the convenience store, operating five days a week, stocking both -n-go sushi and made-to-order meals for lunch and dinner.
Groceries range from pantry staples and fresh produce to select fresh seafood like lobster from Maine, Carabinero shrimp from Portugal and live Dungeness crab from Washington. The convenience store even stocks caviar, in an effort to standardize high-quality and affordable caviar, Miller says.
“It means a lot to me to provide basic necessities, affordable raw, hot and cold prepared foods, and to bring more EBT to my neighborhood as we all continue to recover from the pandemic,” said Miller in a statement.
Sin City also sells what they call “loosies,” necessities like Advil and other medications, feminine hygiene products, batteries, shampoo, duct tape, condoms, and tissues.
Miller grew up on the Virginia coast, finding her love for cooking at a small restaurant where she also learned the value of local foods.
She moved to Boston to pursue butchery at Lionetti in the South End, also working in the kitchens of Clio and Bondir before launching Nightshade.
Last summer, amid rising COVID-19 cases, she implemented a mandatory vaccination policy for diners inside Nightshade.
Miller said that since the pandemic hit the local community, Sin City Superette was born after “realizing that we could be so much more helpful to the community, while creating more jobs in our growing neighborhood, if we reorganized our resources and expand our reach. ”
La Superette describes itself in a statement as “a true convenience store,” where customers can “chat with neighbors, read community newsletters, and buy quick and easy meals and groceries.”
Sin City will soon offer delivery, potentially waiving delivery charges for the elderly or disabled. The store is located at 71 Exchange St. in Lynn. Visit them at sincitysuperette.com or @sincitysuperette on Instagram or Facebook.
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