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Porubsky’s closes doors after 75-year run

Shelves are mostly empty inside Porubsky's Deli and Tavern after the long-time business closed down April 30, 2022.
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 10:58 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - After 75 years in business, Porubsky’s Deli and Tavern has closed its doors for good.

The iconic Northeast Topeka store was a staple within the ‘Little Russia’ community since 1947 -- that came to an end on April 30, 2022.

Matthew Porubsky, nephew of store owner Charlie Porubsky told 13 NEWS his uncle’s decision to close was simply because it felt like the right time.

WIBW Video Vault: Video from March 25, 1992 shows Charles (Sr.) and Lydia Porubsky prepare their famous chili. Portions of the audio are missing.

Charlie took over the store after both his parents passed away “some time ago,” Matthew said, and the future of the store was “in question ever since.”

“Sometimes you just have that feeling...when your family just needs a break,” Porubsky said. Charlie was just ready to “relax and put up his feet,” he continued.

C.W. Porubsky’s Deli and Tavern has decided to close its doors. The Porubsky family would like to thank every customer...

Posted by Porubsky's Deli and Tavern on Thursday, May 12, 2022

The store was well known for its horseradish pickles, chili and cold plates, among other things, and Porubsky said the future of some of their prized recipes is unknown at this time.

“Charlie and Cecelia just wanted the community to know they are so thankful for those that came by their store, found joy there, and even found a home there,” Porubsky said, “it was a special place.”

After 75 years in business, an iconic "Little Russia" grocery store, deli and tavern has closed its doors for good. WIBW Eric Ives reporting.

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