Canales Delicatessen at Eastern Market Is Under New Management
by Larry Janezich
Posted February 3, 2021
After 38 years operating his deli at Eastern Market, Jose Canales has sold Canales Delicatessen. The new owner is Marcello Maturano who owns The Delly in Fairfax. The signing of a new ten year lease at Eastern Market cleared the way for the sale. Canales cited his difficulties with the city as one reason behind his decision to sell the business. The city first suggested a three year lease. Carnales says he was successful in upping the timing to ten years, but it came with a 330% increase in rent – the highest in the Market. As present, he says, the deli is the only business in Eastern Market which has a signed lease. Another reason is that after 38 years and the demands of the business, he is ready to step back and spend more time with his family.
Canales said he had mixed feelings about leaving the Market – “It has been blessed for me – watching kids in the neighborhood grow up – meeting great people who became friends and not just customers – you get attached.” He will be around for two weeks to help with the transition. After that, you can find him at Tortilla Café, across the street, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, helping out his daughter Catalina, who owns and runs that operation.