Mike Sula of the Chicago Reader
says goodbye to Lincoln Square's Delicatessen Meyer
, which shut its doors for the last time on Monday after 53 years in business. The Koetke family, which owned it for 48 years, sold it in 2004 to Hans Liebl, who started changing the inventory (classic German foods disappeared from shelves, and the Boar's Head logo appeared in the meat section) and eventually let the place go into foreclosure
Sula says, "Meyer's closing reflects the fading imprint of the neighborhood's once strong German-American population, which supported at least four really good delis and butcher shops until fairly recently. Now there's only one."
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