Michelle Juralewicz reports:
Found this blast from Kenmore Square past at my parents' house.
They closed in December, 2001, a victim of Kenmore's BUification.
The Insomnia Club, highschool circa 1989.
We'd meet in Cleveland Circle and just... walk to Kenmore and back.
Deli Haus would often be the regroup point.
Surprising how the price for the Whale's Tale isn't too far off from what you'd pay today. Kids today don't know how crappy and limited beer offerings were 20 years ago. They also don't know what it's like to be able to get a beer for $3.50 in Boston.
I went to Deli Hous every so often. It had a personality unlike most places in the area. They are missed.
Their closing wasn't BU's doing, at least not directly. BU has never owned that block.
I thought the same thing about the Whale's Tale. In fact I wondered if they were reopening, since that seemed like 2019 pricing. However, it does say that the Whale's Tale is a pint plus 9.4 ounces, which is 25.4 oz or .75 liter. That's an unusual size for a beer, but it explains the pricing.
That's an unusual size for a beer
State law limit at the time. Dunno about now.
This must be from the early days of Cisco -- when they first started, they bottled their beers in champagne bottles, which explains the 750 ml size.
I was also tricked in to briefly thinking, or perhaps strongly hoping, that Deli House was back. Both the price and the beer itself seemed out of place with my Deli House memories, though they predate this menu by more than a decade. That was a great place, and not the sort easily found around Boston today.
I thought the Whale's Tale price looked strange -- $7.50 for a draft looks like a 2019 price, not a 2001 price. If you look closer, $7.50 gets you (1 pint, 9.4 oz), or a 25.4 oz pour. So that is $3.25 each for two 12 oz. beers, or a "buy two and save" price, not bad!
$3.75 for a Corona in 2000 = $5.75 today.
Before it closed for good they changed the name for a short while, to the Underground I believe. However they left their iconic Deli Haus signs mounted on the pole in front of the building. A friend and I managed to carry out one of the most spectacular and daring capers of all time when late one night we pulled up outside the place and made off with the signs, right under the noses of all the denizens of Kenmore Square. In reality, it was probably 1 or 2 AM in between Christmas and New Year's, so there was basically no one around. The intent was to "ransom" the signs with a note that said we'd return them if the place changed its name back to Deli Haus. However when I went back 1 or 2 days later I saw that there was a note on the door - it turns out the place had already closed for good before we even took the signs. So, long story short, I now have a very unique emblem of one of the most classic places of all time.
They saw that the sign was missing, decided that it was hopeless to continue and just closed up immediately.
In the years since this menu was published it was discovered that the Sierra Nevada mountains are not, in fact, part of the Rockies.
That depends entirely on what the definition of "part of" is.
Hey why not, the same menu refers to Negra Modelo as a Mexican porter....which I don't believe it is.
Regardless, that was a great place. One of their managers in the late 1990s was an absolute hoot too. Very funny dude.
Miss meeting up with friends and having a late night Deli Haus velvet elvis after a night out at The Rat or clubbing on Lansdowne! Thank goodness Nuggets at least has still survived, otherwise I'm not sure what non-chain entity still exists in Kenmore Sq.
the worst music shop on the planet. Pretty sure the owner owns the building and is a trust fund baby or something. It is honestly a miracle that place is still around.
I thought they tore down that entire row of buildings?
I've been to The Rat but I always thought Deli Haus was upstairs. Literally up the stairs.
But Comicopia is still around by some miracle...There's a sports collectibles store around there too...not sure if that's still around.
.... cozy on cold winter nights. Had many good conversations there. No idea what we ate or drank.
When I lived in Kenmore Square in the 80s, I took them there when they came to visit Boston. They adored it - the rude wait staff, the accents, the menu. They found it all charming.
I never found it more than expedient otherwise, but for them it was a real east coast experience.
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