1949 was a memorable year. The annual salary was $2,950 and the cost of a new house was $7,450. A gallon of gas was 17 cents and minimum wage was 70 cents an hour. George Orwell’s novel, 1984 was published and the first Polaroid camera was sold for a whopping $89.95. And Jack Grodzinsky, along with his wife and children, arrived in Tucson from Brooklyn, New York. Grodzinsky took a bus ride to Phoenix looking for a business he could purchase to help support his family. Grodzinsky decided on a restaurant and took over an existing space on McDowell Road and 16th Street. This mile long strip of land where the restaurant was established came to be known as the “Miracle Mile” and Miracle Mile Delicatessen was born.
The local restaurant is celebrating 68 years in business on Wednesday, May 10th 2017, and the city of Phoenix is declaring it Miracle Mile Deli Day.
To celebrate, 20% of the proceeds from that day’s sales will go to Feeding Matters, a local non-profit dedicated to raising awareness of pediatric feeding struggles. Also on that day, noon to 8 p.m. every hour, there will be a $100 gift card to Miracle Mile Deli given away to someone. People can stop in all day to register to win.
Miracle Mile Deli has been family owned and operated for three generations and continues to provide a unique experience in casual dining. Located at 4433 N. 16th Street in Phoenix, call 602-776-0992 or visit miraclemiledeli.com for more information about their story.