Gene's Sausage Shop at Delicatessen Meyer is now open for business in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood. After two years of anticipation, we finally got a peek inside.
When the former Meyer Delicatessen closed its doors more than two years ago, it meant one less old-world institution in the neighborhood. But soon after, word came that Gene's Sausage Shop had purchased the space and would be opening a new location there.
Slowly but surely, the small deli with two narrow aisles was replaced by what looked to be a two-story sausage emporium.
On Saturday, Gene's Sausage Shop at Delicatessen Meyer opened its doors. We stopped by last night and found – in addition to cases and cases of sausage and other meats – a large selection of European specialty products, cheeses, beer, wine and liquor, produce and frozen sections, and bakery items.
There are also plans to open a roof deck in the spring.
A selection of headcheese.
You'll have to stare this guy down as you peruse the sausages.
Sausages and more sausages. Take your pick.
Kiska, or blood sausage, with barley.
The view from the second floor.
A shelf full of butters.
Snack cheeses from Germany-based Hochland.
Dutch cheese and wooden shoes.
Various cuts of herring.
The upper level is devoted to beverages, including a large selection of teas.
The perfect glass for your Austrian beer.
A swanky wine display.
The old Meyer Delicatessen sign is hung prominently at the top of the stairs.
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(Images: Joanna Miller)