Fares Deli Deserted, Becomes Sahara

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Fares Deli-Grocery, which had been closed since it was seized by the state for nonpayment of taxes in July, is being replaced by Sahara Deli-Grocery.

Today, The Local ran into the new owner, who identified himself only as Ali, overseeing two workers as they erased the “Fares” name off the awning and replaced it with “Sahara.” He declined an interview, but confirmed he was taking over the store at 123 Avenue A, near St. Marks Place, and said it would be reopening soon.

Fares is the latest deli to get a facelift: last month, just a block away, the former 2020 Tobacco & Grocery was reborn as the Classic Gourmet Deli.