I went to Northside News Cafe, since Good Morning Mama's shuts their lunch service down at 2:30.
Northside News is looking pretty grim these days. When I moved up here in early '08, it was a newsstand with a few shelves of used books, and a sandwich joint located next door with a pass-through between the two. The lunch counter was known for its Cubans, but served a good variety of deli sammiches.
Early last year the newsstand portion went toes up because the magazine distributor they worked through had gone under and neither of the other local distributors was willing to deal with such a trifling account at a discount that would be profitable. It was kinda sad, because they stocked Reason magazine and my brand of smokes just for me.
The lunch counter half has tried to soldier on, but their business has tailed off. They were never more than half-hearted about keeping cigs in stock when that facet of the business passed to their control, and I noticed today that the cooler where they kept their beer was empty, so I'm supposing the on-premises alcohol permit has gone away since the last time I was in.
There were only a couple other customers in there while I munched on my Reuben, and that doesn't bode well for their future. Too bad; they made a good Cuban.