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Blues City Deli

Blues City Deli celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014, and the lunch rush at Vince Valenza’s beloved Benton Park sandwich joint is as packed as ever — and likely will be for as long as the roast beef is still bathed in its own jus, the muffuletta is still overstuffed enough to feed two people (“Uh, yeah,” you say, “I’m sharing it.”) and the Aporkalypse Pretzelwich is still an occasional special. Change of a sort is on the way, however. Valenza has announced plans to open a wood-fired pizzeria called Melo’s Pizza in the garage behind Blues City Deli. Look for a summer 2015 opening.