The Brooklyn Paper reports that venerable neighborhood institution Sahadi’s has won the James Beard “American Classics” award. The Brooklyn Paper story quotes proprietor Christine Whelan, daughter of Charlie Sahadi (photo), who managed the store for fifty years before retiring just a year ago, as saying the award is perhaps the most prestigious for a neighborhood food store.
Although retired, Charlie continues to visit the store and greet customers as he always did. Your correspondent saw and exchanged greetings with him shortly before Christmas.
BHB photo by C. Scales