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Serving at 90, A Local Restaurant Staple

WESTERN HILLS, Ohio (Deb Dixon) -- For those of you who grew up in Cincinnati, there are some memories that go back generations.

Izzy's downtown was the first Kosher style delicatessen west of the Alleghenies.  When Izzy's wife, Rose, and sister-in-law, Bessie, served corned beef and potato pancakes it was a show.

You can still catch a show at Izzy's on the west side.  Bessie Ward is one of the originals from Izzy's Deli.  She's Izzy Kadetz's sister-in-law; wife Rose's sister.

Izzy and Rose had a boisterous style, all part of the show when the deli was on Elm Street where Bessie started working.

"I never left, I walked in and I was there forever!"

Bessie Ward still kibbitz's with customers at the Izzy's on the west side.  She tells it like it is.

If Izzy were here he would appreciate how Bessie treats customers.  Bessie tries to pass on what she learned about getting orders out quickly.

Even with the old Izzy photos on the wall, Bessie doesn't get that she's part of Cincinnati history.  But customers and co-workers do.

Bessie turns 90 on Monday.  She says she hopes to be serving up motza ball soup, potato pancakes, and reubens with sauerkraut when she's100.

The prices at Izzy's weren't always the same.  Bessie says prices depended on what kind of mood Izzy was in.  There are now nine Izzy's restaurants.

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