Last summer, Hy-Vee, a chain of Midwestern supermarkets with about 235 locations, introduced a bar and restaurant concept called the Market Grille in its store in Urbandale, Iowa. It’s a fully wait-staffed, sit-down experience, with a fairly upscale menu featuring entrees like ribeye steak and potato crusted cod as entrees, and bacon, jalapeno, and maple wontons for appetizers. An outdoor patio is available to customers during the warmer months. And yes, there’s also a bar stocked with more than 65 craft beers, among other selections.
Since the opening in Iowa, Hy-Vee has expanded the Market Grille to other locations, while also launching a more casual drink-and-dine experience called the Market Café in other spots. Now