When the fabulous Janet Rausa Fuller — Sun-Times writer of all things eating — wrote the obit for Delicatessen Meyer, a long-time Lincoln Square favorite, it got me thinking about the many neighborhood haunts — and colorful shop keepers for that matter — who have sadly disappeared from the streetscape.
I'm talking about the Zephyr ice cream shop in Ravenswood, Sal the Barber of Roscoe Village and Joe Bailey's in Beverly. Oh, and that freaky dive bar in Uptown that had the same band (Night Watch) play on a stage behind the bar just about every night — Lake View Lounge, which opened in the '20s and closed in August 2005.
Since we're on the subject, what are some of your favorite neighborhood spots that you'd hate to lose. And tell my us why you think they're special.
Extra points to anyone who has the best late-night story about visiting Johnny's on Lincoln (that bar just north of the Paulina stop, you only know it if you've been there.)