Ernie's Market patio
via Ernie's Market Facebook

Ernie’s Market will now be famous for more than just sandwiches, adding the first ever outdoor dining area in Oak Park.

Since 1955, Ernie’s Market has been serving up delicious sandwiches to the Oak Park community. On Tuesday July 9, the city of Oak Park says Ernie’s Market is making history by opening the city’s first outdoor dining area.

Owner Ernie Hassan completed the development plans for the patio back in May, depicting an outdoor area with two picnic tables, complete with umbrellas and encompassed by two metal flower pots. A mural will also be on display.

Hassan has been an Oak Park icon throughout the years. His smile and signature greeting, “Hey, baby!” are staples of his personality.

Ernie Hassan of Ernie's Market
via Ernie's Market Facebook

“Ernie and his wife Lois have been great community partners in Oak Park. We are delighted that they have created a beautiful dining patio to serve their patrons and become the trailblazer to open the first outdoor dining area in our city,” said Oak Park Economic Development and Communications Director Kim Marrone in a press release. “We hope this is the first of many in our community.”

Ernie’s Market has received local, statewide and nationwide recognition for their sandwiches and hopes to continue to serve the Oak Park community for many years to come.

“Oak Park is one of the best areas around,” Hassan said. “How can you not be excited about something like this? The city is wonderful for letting me do this — it’s an all-around win-win situation for everyone.”

The new outdoor dining area will be unveiled on Tuesday July 9 at 11 a.m. All are welcome to come celebrate this historic opening and enjoy some of Ernie’s Market’s sandwiches!

Ernie’s Market is located at 8500 Capital Street, Oak Park, MI 48237.

Read more: Dining in the D: Ernie’s Market

This story has been updated with the city of Oak Park’s announcement.


  1. Why would The Jewish News publish an obviously untrue story like this? I know they want to promote Ernies, but the story is simply not true.
    I used to eat outside at Arthur Treachers fish and Chips on Greenfield where the Enterprise rental is now. That restaurant had outside eating in Oak Park over 40 years ago. 2 restaurants in the plaza at 10 and Greenfield have had outside seating for years …Starbucks and Grape Leaves. Grape Leaves had very successful outdoor seating until the original owner sold the business. Scoopalicious Ice cream on 9 mile near Scotia had outdoor seating for years. The restaurant on 9 mile just East of Coolidge, that has changed hands several times has had outdoor seating under various owners. This story is simply not true, and should be corrected. The Jewish News could have simply announced that Ernies is adding new outdoor seating, without make such a rediculous claim about this being a ”first”.

  2. I think the Jewish News just took it from the City’s press release- but the city is incorrect in their press release and should correct the record.
    I believe the Jewish News should remove the story instead of passing along the false info.

  3. The information was provided by the city of Oak Park in a press release. The article has been updated accordingly. Thank you.

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