Krakow Polish Deli to close after 19 years of business in Crown Point – Chicago Tribune
After 19 years, Krakow Polish Deli in Crown Point will close in mid-June as the owners retire.
Mikolaj and Malgorzata Zieba first opened their business on Main Street in Crown Point across from Schoop’s Hamburgers, Malgorzata said. They operated the store at that location for 3 years but moved to the current location at 701 N. Indiana Avenue because of high rent costs, she said.
The store will close in about two weeks, just shy of its opening date of June 21, Malgorzata said. In February, Warsaw Inn closed after 50 years as the owners retired as well.
The deli feels like a neighborhood store in Poland, with one shelf in the middle of the store complete with Polish finger-style pretzels, candy and flour. An L-shaped shelving unit is set up across from the deli area — which has a variety of hams and meats — and has Polish juices, pickled vegetables in jars and a selection of bread.
Two refrigerators with sauerkraut, pierogi and homemade soups inside, hum softly across from the register. The store, which has two tables with two chairs each for customer use, is modestly decorated, with a Polish flag and art depicting a man and woman in traditional Polish dance costume hanging near the corner shelving unit.
Malgorzata has cooked golabki (Polish stuffed cabbage), sauerkraut, potato salad, potato pancakes and various soups made fresh to sell to customers, she said.
After her husband lost his job as a truck driver nearly 20 years ago, Malgorzata — who at the time was a stay-at-home mom — said they decided to go into business together.
“We then decided to open a Polish store,” Malgorzata said.
In retirement, Malgorzata said she and her husband plan to travel: To Texas to see their daughter, through Europe and visiting family in Poland. Other than that, they will enjoy their time at “home sweet home,” she said with a laugh.
Over the last 19 years, Malgorzata said business has been good and she and her husband have appreciated the support from the community over the years.
“Thank you to our customers for shopping at our store,” Malgorzata said.
For those wondering where to shop for Polish goods after the store closes, Mikolaj said he recommends M.J.’s Polish Deli in Hammond.