Burt Saltzman

Dave’s Markets owner Burton “Burt” Saltzman, the third generation of his family to lead Dave’s. He handed over control of the business to his sons, Dan and Steve, in 2005, and today, the fifth generation of Saltzmans is in the family business thanks to the involvement of Burt Saltzman’s grandson, Aaron Saltzman.

The Dunham Tavern Museum in Cleveland will honor the Saltzman family, which owns and operates Dave’s Markets, at its 2019 Summer Soiree on June 1 in the museum’s barn.

Dave’s Markets has been owned and operated by the Saltzman family for five generations and has remained in Cleveland, despite other competitors abandoning the city for the suburbs.

The family opened a new flagship store at the corner of East 61st Street and Chester Avenue on Feb. 27, one of the reasons Dunham Tavern Museum has decided to honor the family at its annual soiree, according to the museum’s executive director, Lauren Hansgen, who noted the soiree is a young event for the museum.

She said she expects a few members of the Saltzman family to be in attendance on June 1.

“(The new Dave’s Market store) is a big boon to the neighborhood in a beautiful new building,” Hansgen said. “Lots of people helped to put it together, they’ve got a setup with RTA to bring residents shuttled for free to the grocery store. It’s just a really important asset to the neighborhood and (the family has) a long history of being community-minded and generous in that regard, so we thought they would be appropriate. The store just opened up in February, so it’s a rather recent development around here. We thought that would be a good opportunity to be able to give something back to them in the form of some recognition.”

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