Monday, November 14, 2016

The Magic is Gone, Ella's Deli, Madison, Wisconsin

Ella's Deli was one of the first restaurants to serve authentic Jewish cuisine in Madison, Wisconsin, and the place is a remarkable fusion of a traditional New York-style deli, with all of the favorite dishes that you might be longing for, and knick-knack filled roadside attraction. Animatronic toys wobble on the walls and glide back and forth above the tables, colorful signs announce dishes and attractions, and it seems that every space is filled with some sort of antique mechanical miscellany. One of these that caught my eye is this pair of sad wizards, which I think were once (perhaps still are) part of a fortune-telling gizmo. To my eye, though, they seem to be mourning the passing of magic from their world.