Recipe: Brown Bag Deli’s Summer Corn Salad
“Customers wait for it to return each year. It sort of signifies the unofficial start of summer.” – Molly Pesich, owner of Brown Bag Delicatessen
In 2004, Molly Pesich was contemplating leaving the restaurant industry to follow in her father Ned Merkle’s footsteps toward a real estate career when her mom called with another idea. The Brown Bag Delicatessen, a German Village staple since its inception as Big and Little Luke’s Corner Store in the ’70s, was up for sale. Having been a Brown Bag customer while living in the neighborhood, Pesich jumped at the chance to “make the kind of food I love, and have my hands in everything.” That included adding more seating to give the space more of a café feel in addition to the previous grab-and-go focus.
Thirteen years later, Pesich still loves carrying on the tradition of this neighborhood staple, as well as having the flexibility to dream up new menu items that include daily specials and seasonal favorites, like the Summer Corn Salad. “Customers wait for it to return each year. It sort of signifies the unofficial start of summer,” Pesich says. “We keep it as long as the corn lasts, often into September.”
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