DiMatteo in 1918. After nearly a century in business, they will be gone forever after today.
We in Uptown are lucky that we know the fate of our local Dominick's -- the one at Sheridan and Foster will turn into a Mariano's sometime around the end of February or beginning of March. What will happen to so many other stores is uncertain. Only 15 of the 72 Dominick's are spoken for as of today.
In a way, it was the closure of the seedy Chicago Lodge hot-sheet motel at 920 West Foster that got us a Mariano's. Dominick's bought the land the motel stood on and demolished it in 2009, then tore down its small outdated store on the corner and built the new state-of-the-art store on the two empty lots. At only three years old, it was a prime location for a new tenant, and Mariano's snapped it up.
Farewell, Dominick's. It's the end of an era. If you want to be there at the end, get there by noon. That's closing time, forever.