Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Eagle Provisions closed over the weekend, and the store is now almost empty, save for a couple of refrigerated fixtures and a few shelves. Pope John Paul II remains on the wall, a benevolent presence above the deli counter, and a single, skinny, length of kabanos hangs alone amidst Christmas tinsel. Farther along the wall, you can still see the portrait of John, Richard & patriarch Szczepan Zawisny, taken in earlier years, which shows them surrounded by the fruits of their labor - a glorious bounty of sausage and ham.
And what's next? I'm told that three retail spaces will remain, carved out of the main body of the store, and that the planned apartments will be built up on top of an existing structure, in from the corner of Fifth and 18th. We'll find out soon enough.