Small Biz: Chicago Institution Manny’s Deli

President-elect Barack Obama orders a slice of pie during a visit to Manny's Deli in Chicago, Friday, Nov. 21, 2008.
President-elect Barack Obama orders a slice of pie during a visit to Manny's Deli in Chicago, Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. Charles Dharapak / AP Photo
President-elect Barack Obama orders a slice of pie during a visit to Manny's Deli in Chicago, Friday, Nov. 21, 2008.
President-elect Barack Obama orders a slice of pie during a visit to Manny's Deli in Chicago, Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. Charles Dharapak / AP Photo

Small Biz: Chicago Institution Manny’s Deli

Manny’s Deli has been serving its matzo ball soup, corned beef reubens, knishes and other delicacies to Chicagoans since 1942. Over the years, the family business grew into a Chicago institution, featured in movies and frequented by city bigwigs, including President Obama. 

It’s now operated by Ken Raskin, who is the third generation in his family to run the business. His son and partner Dan is the fourth. The Raskins opened a second Manny’s in Midway Airport in 2002, and the original deli is currently wrapping up renovations to update the kitchen and bolster its brand. 

Ken Raskin joins the Morning Shift to talk about the past, present and future of the venerable Chicago eatery.