Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Knauer's Meat Market
The sign says "Since 1886". There are Knauer Meats in small towns and city neighborhoods all over America. They might have other names and they probably don't sell lutefisk year round. They might sell blood sausage, pickled cow brains or strong hard cheeses, but they are still Knauers. Sometimes they are even bakeries that know how to make a special ethnic pastry; something you don't even realise is ethnic fare because you've eaten forever. Hold them close to your heart. Do not assume they will be there tomorrow. They won't be. They'll be the victim of "neighborhood improvement". The old man will retire. His son will manage the meat department of a discount grocery. People die. All fine things stand balanced on a knife edge. I can guarantee that one day soon it'll be gone. One morning you'll walk by and it'll be a parking lot or an auto parts store. And you won't even remember Knauers closed ... or how long it's has been gone.