The financial toll of the recession is well documented - lost wages, foreclosures and a credit drought.
Salvador Deli & Market sits dark now in Charlotte's North Davidson Street arts district, one more casualty of the bleakest economic downturn in decades.
Some count the deli's founder, Stuart Sloan, in the recession's human toll. Sloan died last month at age 45 - days after he was forced to close the popular free-concert venue after falling behind on the rent.
A police report says Sloan died of natural causes. Those close to him believe the stress of seeing his business crumble played a major part in it.
Plans are unfolding to reopen the deli. Yet, many wonder how the place could be the same without the 5-foot-3ish dynamo who created the concept about five years ago.
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