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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.

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A toast to the past and the future

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.

Merchants Ltd. sold

Owner Bob Austin will hold a New Year's Eve bash before new owners Tom Maccarone and Jake Crenshaw take the reins.

WALLA WALLA — Merchants Ltd., downtown's deli, market and pioneer of Main Street's modern-day culture, has been sold. The business, reputed by owners as the first in Walla Walla to offer espresso, the first to bring back sidewalk seating and the first of

New owners have plans for restaurant

WALLA WALLA -- Tom Maccarone and Jake Crenshaw plan to continue many of the services at Merchants Ltd. when they take over in January. Particularly the food service. But some of the traditions won't be in the cards. The ordering system is one of them. No


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