Bende and Son Salami Co
The Bende family has been in the food trade since 1935 when a young Miklos Sr. opened his first grocery store in Hungary. He ran several grocery stores in Budapest and Miskolc before immigrating with his wife and young son in 1956. Soon after arriving in the United States, the family returned to its meat cutting and grocery roots, opening the first Bende store in Chicago Burnside neighborhood. Several stores followed, as did a reputation for preparing outstanding smoked meats.