In the mid-'70s, Edwin and Sophie Salsburg relocated from central Pennsylvania to South Florida and soon set to persuading their three sons — Bill, Paul, and Rick — to move south and help them start a business. Thus, in 1975, Penn Dutch Food Center opened in Hollywood within eyeshot of I-95 and became a kind of landmark.
Yet after a few decades (and being joined by an outpost in Margate), the building began showing its age. So earlier this summer, the Salsburgs embarked on a three-month, half-million-dollar renovation of the place so as not to let Publix nip too much at its heels.
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"There’s always competition in the market, something newer, shinier," says Greg Salsburg, Bill's son and a member of the third generation of the family running the store. "We felt like we needed to invest some money and give her a face-lift."
Yet it seems it was just a matter of making the market's exterior match its interior, which offers 21-day-wet-aged steaks and house-made sausages.
The Salsburgs will be on hand August 26 from noon to 4 p.m. to celebrate the overhaul's completion and to give you a chance to challenge world Pac Man champion Billy Mitchell during a round of the classic arcade game. Make sure your wrists are loose and your trunk has room for meat.
Penn Dutch Food Center. 3950 N. 28th Ter., Hollywood; 954-921-7144; penn-dutch.com. Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.