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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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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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