Miss the Linclon Del
The Lincoln Del story ends when grandson Danny Berenberg decided to sell his 6.8 acre tract on the Bloomington strip to Walser Automotive for $6.4 million. Since the Bloomington store was also supporting the Park store and the Park location was too antiquated to run by itself, both had to go. The St. Louis Park store was closed in June 2000. Berenberg retained the rights to the name and all the recipes. Many of the recipes came with family members who immigrated from Russia and Romania, Berenberg said in a Dispatch article. At the time of closing, the borscht chefs moved to Zaroff's Deli in Minnetonka, which has now closed.
I only got to visit the Lincoln Del once so my memory is pretty hazy. For deli food, my personal favorite is Cecil's on Cleveland St. in St. Paul. Not as large or 'diner-y' as the Del but the food is great. I guess you'll have to try it to judge whether it fills the bill.
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