In 1977, Giorgio DeLuca teamed up with Joel Dean and Jack Ceglic. From the beginning DeLuca’s set itself apart from the competition with a minimal, upscale, museum-feel right down to the marble floors.
Because of the number of art galleries and boutiques nearby, artists and their clients made a habit of stopping by for a quick bite. The gourmet grocer became infamous for their prepared foods, cured-meats, chocolates and cheese selection.
Before Whole Foods, they were the original high-end grocery store to have immaculate displays of exotic fruits and vegetables. Mainstream pop culture also embraced them with famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat shopping there. Even Felicity (the late 90’s WB show) worked at Dean & Deluca.
In recent months customers noticed their bare shelves and very limited selection. Although DeLuca said they were “remodeling”, we knew this day was coming. At their peak they had 40 locations, now there are just two remaining, both in Hawaii.
Even thought their prices could be a bit outrageous, I will miss it. The corner of Broadway and Prince will never be the same. What are we going to do now? Guess I’ll just go to Zabars.