Frank And Gert Macke Are Smiling Today.

Macke's Delicatessen Sign

The sun came out for the better part of the day, as did this sign from Macke's Delicatessen. Do you remember Macke's? If so we would love to hear about your experience in the comments below. The Cheviot Gazette is also looking for an older photograph of this exact sign. If you have seen one, please contact us so we can share it with the owners

Fred and Gert Macke

Fred Macke was born in Newport, Kentucky, where he worked as a pattern maker. He married his wife, Gert and they moved to Price Hill, on Clearview Avenue.

The Penny display case near the front door Mackes

Macke's Delicatessen Is Born

In 1930, Fred Macke rented out a building in Cheviot at 3408 Harrison Ave. Fred turned this building into Macke's Delicatessen with a fresh makeover. Fred and Gert had a son, Marvin, who was born in 1928. Fred made the commute back and fourth each day from Price Hill to Cheviot, putting in thirteen to fourteen hours a day, seven days a week.

End of Depression

After the depression ended sales for the store really started to pick up. Beer was a big seller for Macke's. Fred himself would deliver wooden kegs of beer to customers houses, then drive back and pick them up once they were empty.

In 1946 Fred was able to buy the building he had worked so hard running a business out of. He would work the deli until he "retired" at the age of seventy. Fred passed away at the age of seventy-five. His wife Gert also worked at the store, and when she was no longer able to come in everyday she would still work on Saturdays. People in town loved her potato salad. The store really catered to customers of German heritage since so many had settled in Cheviot when they arrived in the United States. Other popular items sold were white villa canned goods, deli meats from H. H. Meyer and Partridge, beer (Hudepohl of course), Burger beer, and Schoenling.


Their son Marvin was no stranger to the store and also spent his days working at the shop. In November of 1950, Marvin was drafted in the Korean War but not before he proposed to his love Betty. In 1952 Marvin was discharged from the Army and married the love of his life, Betty. They wasted no time and had three children, Barb, Dick, and Tina. Marvin worked full-time at the deli and when he turned forty-five Fred and Gret put their son in charge of the store. Marvin ran the deli until October of 1988, when he unfortunately had to sell the store to Rich and Violet Zimmerman, due to health reasons.

Ownership of the building had switched hands a few more times over the course of the years. In 2014 it was sold again and is currently occupied by King Vapors Shop and Lounge.

PC: Angela Byers, Rich Martin, Troy and Eileen Borgmann, Cheviot Historical Soicety

Photos.Marv Macke behind the counter.

Black and white photos provided by Angela Byers "Ernst Café" 3351 Harrison Avenue opposite North Bend RD. Ernst Café was also a Billiards Hall. 

Photo -  two men - Raymond Ernst and Willie Mosconi at the Ernst Café.

Photo -  man on left standing next to pool table - Raymond Ernst.Men standing - Raymond Ernst far right.

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