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New food business coming to downtown Auburn

A downtown Auburn space that has been the site of several restaurants will soon welcome another — sort of.

Opening at 10 E. Genesee St. in late winter or early spring will be a food business that's one part restaurant, one part market. The yet-to-be-named business will be operated by Pure Catering and Events, which is owned by Luke Houghton, of Auburn. In business for eight years, the company caters weddings, corporate events and more in the central New York area, particularly Skaneateles, Houghton said Wednesday. A year ago, Pure also started a home meal replacement business, Provisions, which delivers fully prepared entrees, soups and salads from a menu that changes weekly.

Houghton, who also does private chef work, said the new restaurant will serve both prepared food and raw ingredients. Pure Catering and Events will also operate out of the space.

"The goal is to really be a place where, say, a home cook at any level can come in and grab what they need. It could be food they want to cook from start to finish, something we've cooked part of the way, or something we've cooked completely," Houghton said. "We're trying not to think of it as a traditional restaurant."

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