It appears that the once grand shrine of chowdom, Balducci's of Greenwich Village in Manhattan has closed its doors for good.
The New York Post notes that the store closed without notice Tuesday night.
I know it's not a Chicago subject. But, I'm sure that it's a place that many chowhounds took in over the years on trips to New York.
The old girl had really lost her luster in recent years and the Balducci family, seeing the writing on the wall, sold the store in 1999.
However, in a time where hydroponically grown baby lettuce and heirloom tomatoes were not as common in markets as they are today, Balducci's was a forerunner in providing some of the freshest, unique and most reliable food products that one could find.