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We really like Joe’s Deli on Hertel Avenue, which replaced the late, great Mastman’s. So when Joe’s Deli opened an outpost on Elmwood, in the old Off the Wall property, we were wondering if it would be different.It is, a bit, and all the changes are for the better. Don’t worry – the old favorites from the original spot are still on the menu, including the famous specialty …

We really like Joe’s Deli on Hertel Avenue, which replaced the late, great Mastman’s. So when Joe’s Deli opened an outpost on Elmwood, in the old Off the Wall property, we were wondering if it would be different.It is, a bit, and all the changes are for the better. Don’t worry – the old favorites from the original spot are still on the menu, including the famous specialty …

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