Windows At Sal’s Deli A Reflection of Burien’s Past

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Story and photos by Michael Brunk

As you’re out and about in downtown Burien this holiday season, make time to stroll by Sal’s Deli. What you’ll find on the windows stretching across the front of the business is a temporary mural that is a reflection of a Burien from the past, intermingled with a little of our present and a dash of the future.

The work is by first-time artist Laura Garcia, niece of the current owner. I talked to her late last week as she was putting the finishing touches on the acrylic window painting. At that time, she estimated she had roughly 25 hours of work invested.

The mural is an illustration of Burien businesses that most locals will recognize. A few of them are still around, but many of them have moved or shut down and are now only represented in this fleeting piece of window art.

Laura told me of a number of long-time Sal’s customers that have paused to take in the mural, and then shared fond memories of places like What Not and Art’s Sporting Goods. Maybe you’ve got fond memories of Burien too.

As we rush around getting ready for the holidays, maybe a walk by Sal’s is an opportunity to pause, enjoy a little local art and think about where we’ve come from as a city.

Change is inevitable, and Burien is certainly going through the process. But it would be a shame to forget some of the independent businesses that helped form Burien into the unique community it is today.

You’ll find Sal’s Diner at 15212 6th Ave SW in Burien.

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5 Responses to “Windows At Sal’s Deli A Reflection of Burien’s Past”
  1. I absolutely love this tribute to Burien. Stopping by Sal’s for breakfast, brunch or lunch and listening to long-time Burien folks reminisce about the people and places that contributed to Burien’s is a special treat.

    Thanks Jim for continuing your tradition…and always being there for us. You are a real gem for Burien.

  2. Jennifer Fichamba says:

    This is a wonderful article about a wonderful Burien Business! Thanks Sal’s deli for all the yummy food and great memories!

  3. Trisha says:

    I love this. If you grew up in Burien you will really get to reminisce about a lot of places you haven’t thought about in years. Many old timers will look at Wright’s Grocery and fondly remember Barney giving out chipped beef – and the spanking machine. Most people in Burien now wouldn’t believe we could ice skate in a pond behind what is now the Dollar Tree. We had candy stores, soda fountains, shoes shops. Burien used to be just like Bedford Falls. It’s nice to wander down Memory Lane and think back to easier, slower, safer and happier times.

  4. Rob says:

    Having lived here since I was 2, back in 1962, I have many memories of old Burien, including the Isernios grocery store (The Burien Food Center) on 152nd next to Kirk’s Feed store- they use to have candy canes strung up on the string used for wrapping packages. And my sousins and I would go into the store and buy steaks for our aunt and uncle. Seems like a long time ago. Miller paints seems to me was a grocery store, also. Thanks Sal’s for this walk down memory lane!

  5. Ed Wirtz says:

    I wish I was close to Burien to visit Sal’s again and especially see the window mural. Keep up the good work Jim Hughes.

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