In his column last week, Dan Haley expressed excitement that a genuine Jewish deli is coming to the Geppetto’s space on Oak Park Avenue. His excitement is understandable.  Who wouldn’t be pleased that a locally-owned deli is opening a short distance from their office?

But I’d like to remind Wednesday Journal readers that there already is a genuine, locally-owned Jewish deli in Oak Park. The Onion Roll has been serving deli lovers for decades at 6945 W. North Ave. I can vouch personally for the excellence of their pastrami and Reuben sandwiches. And sources say they’ll soon be making their own bagels.

Rare is the town that can boast two genuine delis. Let’s enjoy them both!

Judith Alexander

Chair, The North Avenue District

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