New Look, Same Classic Taste - The Deli

April 29, 2015 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

The Deli

A Lexington fixture for 30 years, The Deli is now under new ownership, but you can expect the same great food along with some new menu items and spruced up décor.

The Deli, which has been locally owned and operated in Lexington since 1985, was purchased in January by Crystal Smith, who is committed to maintaining the legacy of the Deli as she strives to make it the best yet.

“Things have pretty much gone as I've expected them to,” said Smith, who is a lifelong resident of Lexington. “We are steadily seeing an increase in sales. We have many of the same loyal customers that have been coming to the Deli for years as well as new faces every day.”

The Deli employs seven people, but Smith expects that number to increase with the rapid growth the business is experiencing. Some of that growth can be attributed to changes Smith has made at the restaurant.

“Since my purchase in January, I have painted and added new photos, thanks to Kent Porth Photography. I have also added some new equipment to the kitchen to make it more efficient,” Smith said. “Menus have been updated to be more easily read and also include the story of the Deli on the back. It includes all of the deli favorites from the past, and we have added a black bean burger sub. We also now have a kids menu that includes chicken nuggets.”

Longtime Deli customers need not worry; they will still find all the old favorites the Lexington community has come to love over the past thirty years. The Hungry Man, Pub Delight and the chicken salad are still mainstays on the menu.

The most gratifying part of the business according to Smith is “having the opportunity to interact with the citizens of Lexington on a day to day basis.”

The Deli has been a gathering place in the community since it opened at 414 Columbia Avenue in 1985. The original owners moved the business to its current location at 821-F East Main Street in 1993.

“We have extended our hours and are looking forward to growing our business and working together with fellow chamber members,” said Smith, who has been in restaurant management since graduating from college in 2002.

The community can expect “friendly and welcoming service to all customers in our warm and inviting ambiance,” according to Smith, who plans to continue adding menu items, offer catering and possibly add outdoor seating.

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