A toast to the past and the future

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Merchants Delicatessen owner Bob Austin toasts just inside the front door of the Walla Walla icon. Merchants was sold to Tom Maccarone with the change of ownership effective Jan. 1.

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Reflections of Main Street bounce from the front door of Merchants Delicatessen as owner Bob Austin serves some of his last customers from behind the pastry case. Austin recently sold the restaurant to Tom Maccarone of T. Maccarone's.

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Beneath historic signs hanging on Merchants Delicatessen's famous brick walls, owner Bob Austin wipes off tables Saturday morning. Effective Jan. 1, Tom Maccarone takes over as owner of Merchants and plans so far include a name change to Olive.

Merchants Delicatessen owner Bob Austin toasts just inside the front door of the Walla Walla icon. Merchants was sold to Tom Maccarone with the change of ownership effective Jan. 1.

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