Smith Deli at 301 Smith Street as it appeared until a few weeks ago.
And how it looks now, during renovation.
Back then, a few readers expressed concern for its future. One reader wrote to PMFA to say:
"I do hope they don't transform it from a tiny grocery story (which came in handy so many times) to more of a junk food dispensary (there is already a bodega two blocks down that has undergone a similar transformation.) While having 20 different kinds of Doritos available day and night is amusing, it's less useful than being able to buy spaghetti sauce, SOS pads, soup and other grocery items in a pinch."
For the past year, there has been little change at the deli, but just recently, a construction fence went up and the deli has been closed for "minor interior work." It would appear that the store will also get a whole new front.
One can only hope that the renovation is meant to improve the bodega, not to transfer it into a different business altogether. Because honestly, the neighborhood needs delis more than it needs nail salons, banks or juice bars.
Does anyone have more information about this business? Will it continue to be a deli?