Bergstein’s Deli re-opens in Homewood on Martin Avenue

Alice Davis, left, co-owner of Bergstein’s Deli, cuts the blue ribbon with her son and co-owner Bill Davis, center, and Homewood Mayor Rich Hofeld, right. (Nick Ulanowski/H-F Chronicle)

Bergstein’s NY Deli & Sandwich Shop’s ownership and staff and Homewood village officials cut the blue ribbon on Tuesday, May 7, officially marking the completion of Bergstein’s Deli’s move from northern Chicago Heights to downtown Homewood. 

The family-owned, New York-style Jewish deli has been planning the move for nearly a year. They wanted a larger kitchen space and a location with more foot traffic but also somewhere that wasn’t too far from their previous location. 

After many months of architecture drawing, getting permits approved by the village and construction, Bergstein’s Deli had their soft open on April 8, co-owner Bill Davis said.

Davis said in the coming weeks, Bergstein’s Deli plans to add outdoor seating, extend their hours earlier for morning commuters and add muffins, donuts, breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches and other grab-and-go breakfast items to the menu. 

Homewood Mayor Rich Hofeld holds up the scissors and helps cut the blue
ribbon into smaller pieces with Bergstein’s Deli staff members. 
(Nick Ulanowski/H-F Chronicle)

“We’re kind of playing it slow since the train station’s closed right now, anyway,” Davis said, referring to the Homewood Metra Station’s closing until May 20 while the new stairs are built as a part of a larger renovation project

Davis said he and the rest of Bergstein’s Deli also look forward to participating in downtown Homewood events in the summer and fall.

“This is keeping with what we’re trying to do – different kinds of food offerings,” Homewood Mayor Rich Hofeld said. “In this case, it’s the type of food I was raised with. This is a warm type of food, a comfort food. Matzo ball soup, kreplach soup, corn beef sandwiches, brisket sandwiches, potato pancakes – the type of food I was raised on.”

Homewood trustee Jay Heiferman said he’s happy to see Bergstein’s Deli move to Homewood, adding that he was eating the Davis family’s food at their home before Bergstein’s Deli even opened. 

Bergstein’s Deli manager Charles King said he’s seen some of the same customers come to Homewood as he saw in Chicago Heights.

“People come a long way. You almost have to go to Skokie to get the kind of services we have [elsewhere],” King said. 

Bergstein’s Deli is at 18064 Martin Avenue. They’re currently open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday but are set to begin opening at 9 a.m. on May 15. 

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