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Ella's Deli made a name by being a family spot that served up its eats with a side of whimsy. (PHOTO: Ella's Deli)

After more than 40 years, Madison's Ella's Deli announces closing

It's the end of an era for Ella's Deli, the popular kosher-style deli and ice cream parlor located at 2902 E. Washington Ave. in Madison. For 42 years, the iconic carousel-themed venue served old-school phosphates and egg creams with a liberal side of whimsy.

But an announcement by the restaurant on Facebook today indicates that the venue will close later this month.

"It is with sad hearts that we announce that Ella's Deli will be closing at our current location," the message notes, indicating that the restaurant's final day will be sometime around Jan. 21.

Speculation has been brewing about the fate of Ella's since the building went up for sale at $1.4 million last spring. Since that time, the price has since decreased to $1.2 million, and the family hopes to find an owner who might carry on the legacy of the restaurant.

"Our goal is to continue the Ella's tradition," the message reads. "It is our hope that Ella's will be back under new ownership, in a new space, and with a new and exciting direction."

In the meantime, it might be time for one last pilgrimage to Madison.


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