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    Anthony 527 Guest

    Default Ideas For A Deli Menu

    A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.
    Thank You

  2. #2
    Steve Pope Guest

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    Anthony 527 <[email protected]> wrote:

    >A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    >to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    >sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    >profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.


    Pozole. Keep a bubbling pot of it going and the world
    will beat a path to your friend's store.

    Steve

  3. #3
    Omelet Guest

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    Anthony 527 <[email protected]> wrote:

    > A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    > to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    > sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    > profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.
    > Thank You


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    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Thu, 11 Mar 2010 05:13:13 +0000 (UTC), Steve Pope wrote:

    > Anthony 527 <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    >>to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    >>sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    >>profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.

    >
    > Pozole. Keep a bubbling pot of it going and the world
    > will beat a path to your friend's store.


    Maybe you wuld but I couldn't.

    I would suggest fried foods. Fried potato wedges, those cheap
    burritos, chicken wings, gizzards (cooked for at last 12 minutes).
    The markup on all those is pretty good.

    -sw

    -sw

  5. #5
    Nancy Young Guest

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    Anthony 527 wrote:
    > A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    > to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    > sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    > profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.
    > Thank You


    My favorite deli had great sandwiches that people would come
    from miles around to order. They had their signature crusty bread
    and they had a nice assortment of salads you could order with it.
    (sandwich menu follows) Then they had some great baked goods,
    and it was a great place to grab a cup of coffee and a muffin or whatever.

    I say had because the place burned down last fall, but they're still
    in the catering business. I hope they reopen their deli. But I'd say
    the catering side would be profitable, too. Just a thought.

    SIGNATURE SANDWICH ASSORTMENT
    An assortment of sandwiches from our signature sandwich list, with choice of
    potato salad, cole slaw or pasta salad
    $7.75 per person

    SIGNATURE SANDWICHES
    #1
    Genoa salami, fresh mozzarella, roasted sweet peppers & romaine lettuce
    with basil pesto on Italian peasant bread
    $6.25

    #2 Black Forest ham & Jarlsberg swiss cheese with whole grain mustard & red
    leaf lettuce on Italian peasant bread
    $5.75

    #3
    Sloppy Joe; A combination of corned beef & pastrami, our own homemade cole
    slaw & Russian dressing on Italian peasant bread
    $6.25

    #4
    Albacore tuna salad with sliced red onions, sprouts & grated carrots on
    croissant or Italian peasant bread
    $6.00

    #5
    Roast beef & aurichio provolone with sliced tomato, romaine lettuce &
    horseradish mayonnaise on Italian peasant bread
    $6.50

    #6
    Tarragon chicken salad with bacon, red leaf lettuce & tomato on
    Italianpeasant bread
    $6.50

    #7
    Sliced chicken breast with cucumber slices, tomato, red leaf lettuce &
    Dijon mayonnaise on Italian peasant bread
    $6.00

    #8
    Fresh mozzarella & aurichio provolone with roasted peppers, basil pesto &
    romaine lettuce on Italian peasant bread
    $6.25

    #9
    Oven roasted turkey breast with relish and romaine lettuce on Italian
    peasant bread
    $6.00

    #10
    Genoa salami, cappacola, provolone, pastrami, romaine lettuce & Italian
    vinaigrette on French baguette
    $6.75

    #11
    grilled vegetable sandwich; an array of seasonal grilled vegetables such
    as zucchini, eggplant, red onions, portabella mushrooms & roasted sweet
    peppers splashed with balsamic vinegar on our very ownpesto dressed focaccia
    $6.25
    $6.50 with cheese


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    Bogbrush Guest

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    Sqwertz <[email protected]> writes:

    > On Thu, 11 Mar 2010 05:13:13 +0000 (UTC), Steve Pope wrote:
    >
    >> Anthony 527 <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>>A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    >>>to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    >>>sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    >>>profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.

    >>
    >> Pozole. Keep a bubbling pot of it going and the world
    >> will beat a path to your friend's store.

    >
    > Maybe you wuld but I couldn't.
    >
    > I would suggest fried foods. Fried potato wedges, those cheap
    > burritos, chicken wings, gizzards (cooked for at last 12 minutes).
    > The markup on all those is pretty good.
    >
    > -sw
    >
    > -sw


    Brilliant : dirty, greasy, smelly, work intensive and a fire risk.

    I dont think it would be possible to come up with a worse idea.


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    Kody Guest

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    "Anthony 527" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    >A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    > to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    > sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    > profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.
    > Thank You


    An assortment of different Chili.



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    Virginia Tadrzynski Guest

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    "Bogbrush" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Sqwertz <[email protected]> writes:
    >
    >> On Thu, 11 Mar 2010 05:13:13 +0000 (UTC), Steve Pope wrote:
    >>
    >>> Anthony 527 <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>>A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    >>>>to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    >>>>sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    >>>>profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.
    >>>
    >>> Pozole. Keep a bubbling pot of it going and the world
    >>> will beat a path to your friend's store.

    >>
    >> Maybe you wuld but I couldn't.
    >>
    >> I would suggest fried foods. Fried potato wedges, those cheap
    >> burritos, chicken wings, gizzards (cooked for at last 12 minutes).
    >> The markup on all those is pretty good.
    >>
    >> -sw
    >>
    >> -sw

    >
    > Brilliant : dirty, greasy, smelly, work intensive and a fire risk.
    >
    > I dont think it would be possible to come up with a worse idea.
    >


    Every thread I have seen responded to by this poster has nothing of value to
    add, merely a flaming insult to whomever has answered prior. Here's one for
    you Boggie.........a couple of years ago, the BBC had a show on called MI-5.
    An undercover agent was 'found out' and they stuck him head first into the
    deep fat fryer.....try it to yourself, you might like it.



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    Virginia Tadrzynski Guest

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    "Anthony 527" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    >A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    > to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    > sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    > profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.
    > Thank You


    panini, cubans, other types of 'grilled' sandwiches. A number of years ago,
    I worked at a coffee shoppe. The sandwiches we had that could be served
    either grilled or cold were the biggest sellers.
    -ginny



  10. #10
    Andy Guest

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    Around here, there's the "Famous 4th Street deli". Philadelphia, PA, USA.

    Nothing fancy.

    It's an OK breakfast, lunch and dinner deli! A bit pricey.

    See: http://famous4thstreetdelicatessen.com/

    Tell 'em Andy sent ya and they'll for sure charge ya double!

    Andy

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    Cindy Hamilton Guest

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    On Mar 11, 12:13*am, spop...@speedymail.org (Steve Pope) wrote:
    > Anthony 527 *<anthonymarsi...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > >A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    > >to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    > >sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    > >profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.

    >
    > Pozole. *Keep a bubbling pot of it going and the world
    > will beat a path to your friend's store.
    >
    > Steve


    That's probably regional. Nobody around here knows what pozole
    is. I'm a foodie, and I had to look it up.

    For the OP:

    Decent salads. Potato salad, cole slaw. Not too much sugar.

    Cindy Hamilton

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    George Leppla Guest

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    Anthony 527 wrote:
    > A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    > to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    > sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    > profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.
    > Thank You


    One thing that has been going over very well in this area is wraps.
    Easy to make especially since this is already a deli. Just a small
    sandwich board/station would be all that is needed.

    There is a chain that is going great guns called RolyPoly Sandwiches.
    http://www.rolypoly.com/ It is an interesting idea and the local place
    seems to be doing very well.

    George L

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    Kalmia Guest

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    On Mar 11, 12:01*am, Anthony 527 <anthonymarsi...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    > to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    > sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    > profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.
    > Thank You


    Decent sandwiches on non-collapsible bread or rolls.

    Important to have friendly, prompt service and plenty of coverage
    during the lunch hour.

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    bulka Guest

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    On Mar 11, 10:39 am, Kalmia <tweeny90...@mypacks.net> wrote:
    > On Mar 11, 12:01 am, Anthony 527 <anthonymarsi...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > > A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    > > to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    > > sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    > > profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.
    > > Thank You

    >
    > Decent sandwiches on non-collapsible bread or rolls.
    >
    > Important to have friendly, prompt service and plenty of coverage
    > during the lunch hour.



    Sounds like a great idea. Where are you? What is the local market?
    Around here, suburban Detroit, I can get a slice of pizza at any gas
    station or "party store", but can't find an Italian Beef or decent hot
    dog. Have the option of a generic American, a "Nathan's" with grilled
    onion, a Detroit "Coney" with chili, a propper Chicago with a salad.

    What I would like in a local deli, and can't find even in the larger
    groceries, is ethnic jarred stuff - they keep well, so you wouldn't
    have to move a lot of product. I imagine there is a good mark-up, and
    once people know you are there, you would be a destination. Kim Chi,
    Tahini, Tarama, grape leaves, dried little snack fishes. Once you get
    customers, ask them what they want, then find a distributor and invest
    in a case. You'll be known as the place to go for the stuff they
    can't get anywhere else, and they won't go anywhere else.

    And don't disparage the usual sandwiches and soups. If you can't make
    it better than the guy across the street, you can hire someone who
    can.

    Are you looking to compete with McDonalds for the lunch trade, or have
    some serious fun, or just make money?

    About the pozole or menudo - maybe it is not a big seller in your
    town, maybe there are only 100 Mexicans there, but if they all came to
    your place for breakfast every Sunday that pot of corn could be a big
    profit maker.

    Seriously, where are you. I'm willing to relocate.

    B

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    Anthony 527 Guest

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    On Mar 11, 11:35*am, bulka <working.artists.work...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > On Mar 11, 10:39 am, Kalmia <tweeny90...@mypacks.net> wrote:
    >
    > > On Mar 11, 12:01 am, Anthony 527 <anthonymarsi...@gmail.com> wrote:

    >
    > > > A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    > > > to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    > > > sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    > > > profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.
    > > > Thank You

    >
    > > Decent sandwiches on non-collapsible bread or rolls.

    >
    > > Important to have friendly, prompt service and plenty of coverage
    > > during the lunch hour.

    >
    > Sounds like a great idea. *Where are you? *What is the local market?
    > Around here, suburban Detroit, I can get a slice of pizza at any gas
    > station or "party store", but can't find an Italian Beef or decent hot
    > dog. *Have the option of a generic American, a "Nathan's" with grilled
    > onion, a Detroit "Coney" with chili, a propper Chicago with a salad.
    >
    > What I would like in a local deli, and can't find even in the larger
    > groceries, is ethnic jarred stuff - they keep well, so you wouldn't
    > have to move a lot of product. *I imagine there is a good mark-up, and
    > once people know you are there, you would be a destination. * Kim Chi,
    > Tahini, Tarama, grape leaves, dried little snack fishes. *Once you get
    > customers, ask them what they want, then find a distributor and invest
    > in a case. *You'll be known as the place to go for the stuff they
    > can't get anywhere else, and they won't go anywhere else.
    >
    > And don't disparage the usual sandwiches and soups. *If you can't make
    > it better than the guy across the street, you can hire someone who
    > can.
    >
    > Are you looking to compete with McDonalds for the lunch trade, or have
    > some serious fun, or just make money?
    >
    > About the pozole or menudo - maybe it is not a big seller in your
    > town, maybe there are only 100 Mexicans there, but if they all came to
    > your place for breakfast every Sunday that pot of corn could be a big
    > profit maker.
    >
    > Seriously, where are you. *I'm willing to relocate.
    >
    > B


    LOL I'm in New Jersey in a great town a great location but in is's
    present state it is a dump but it has a liquor license and a lottery
    machine and a half ass convience store I appreciate all the in put
    thanks to every who responded I really appreciate the input.

  16. #16
    bulka Guest

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    On Mar 11, 12:01 pm, Anthony 527 <anthonymarsi...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > On Mar 11, 11:35 am, bulka <working.artists.work...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Mar 11, 10:39 am, Kalmia <tweeny90...@mypacks.net> wrote:

    >
    > > > On Mar 11, 12:01 am, Anthony 527 <anthonymarsi...@gmail.com> wrote:

    >
    > > > > A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    > > > > to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    > > > > sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    > > > > profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.
    > > > > Thank You

    >
    > > > Decent sandwiches on non-collapsible bread or rolls.

    >
    > > > Important to have friendly, prompt service and plenty of coverage
    > > > during the lunch hour.

    >
    > > Sounds like a great idea. Where are you? What is the local market?
    > > Around here, suburban Detroit, I can get a slice of pizza at any gas
    > > station or "party store", but can't find an Italian Beef or decent hot
    > > dog. Have the option of a generic American, a "Nathan's" with grilled
    > > onion, a Detroit "Coney" with chili, a propper Chicago with a salad.

    >
    > > What I would like in a local deli, and can't find even in the larger
    > > groceries, is ethnic jarred stuff - they keep well, so you wouldn't
    > > have to move a lot of product. I imagine there is a good mark-up, and
    > > once people know you are there, you would be a destination. Kim Chi,
    > > Tahini, Tarama, grape leaves, dried little snack fishes. Once you get
    > > customers, ask them what they want, then find a distributor and invest
    > > in a case. You'll be known as the place to go for the stuff they
    > > can't get anywhere else, and they won't go anywhere else.

    >
    > > And don't disparage the usual sandwiches and soups. If you can't make
    > > it better than the guy across the street, you can hire someone who
    > > can.

    >
    > > Are you looking to compete with McDonalds for the lunch trade, or have
    > > some serious fun, or just make money?

    >
    > > About the pozole or menudo - maybe it is not a big seller in your
    > > town, maybe there are only 100 Mexicans there, but if they all came to
    > > your place for breakfast every Sunday that pot of corn could be a big
    > > profit maker.

    >
    > > Seriously, where are you. I'm willing to relocate.

    >
    > > B

    >
    > LOL I'm in New Jersey in a great town a great location but in is's
    > present state it is a dump but it has a liquor license and a lottery
    > machine and a half ass convience store I appreciate all the in put
    > thanks to every who responded I really appreciate the input.


    If your friend bought it with the liquor and the lotto, if there is
    local traffic, you could sell cat food on wonder bread. Jersey. I'm
    only concerned now with the connections with the local connections, if
    you know what I mean. It would be a shame should there be a fire.

    Up in the garden part of the state, or across the bridge?

    I'm only half-seriously looking for work, but this is my fantasy gig -
    somebody else puts up the money and I do the work. I've rehabbed
    buildings, I'm a good cook. Maybe we should talk off list. There
    have been wierder internet connections that have worked out.

    Michael

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    Mark Thorson Guest

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    Anthony 527 wrote:
    >
    > A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    > to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    > sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    > profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.
    > Thank You


    Really good coffee. Find a local coffee roaster,
    so that the beans are always fresh. That makes
    a huge difference.

    Espresso is another possibility, but requires
    some amount of skill and experience, even when
    a highly automated machine is used.

  18. #18
    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Thu, 11 Mar 2010 08:10:15 -0500, Virginia Tadrzynski wrote:

    > "Bogbrush" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> Sqwertz <[email protected]> writes:
    >>
    >>> On Thu, 11 Mar 2010 05:13:13 +0000 (UTC), Steve Pope wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Anthony 527 <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>>A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    >>>>>to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    >>>>>sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    >>>>>profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.
    >>>>
    >>>> Pozole. Keep a bubbling pot of it going and the world
    >>>> will beat a path to your friend's store.
    >>>
    >>> Maybe you wuld but I couldn't.
    >>>
    >>> I would suggest fried foods. Fried potato wedges, those cheap
    >>> burritos, chicken wings, gizzards (cooked for at last 12 minutes).
    >>> The markup on all those is pretty good.

    >>
    >> Brilliant : dirty, greasy, smelly, work intensive and a fire risk.
    >>
    >> I dont think it would be possible to come up with a worse idea.

    >
    > Every thread I have seen responded to by this poster has nothing of value to
    > add, merely a flaming insult to whomever has answered prior.


    Aww, shucks. And here I was hoping it was something personal
    against just me. You mean I have to share him with everybody else?

    -sw

  19. #19
    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Thu, 11 Mar 2010 07:13:03 -0600, Andy wrote:

    > Tell 'em Andy sent ya and they'll for sure charge ya double!


    And force you to get "to go".

    -sw

  20. #20
    aem Guest

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    On Mar 10, 9:01 pm, Anthony 527 <anthonymarsi...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > A friend of mine is buying a run down liquor store deli and is going
    > to renovate and make it new. Besides all the usual cold cuts and
    > sloppy joes and soup can anyone suggest something different that is
    > profitable and tastes good or any ideas at all.
    > Thank You


    Although I am surrounded by grocery stores, restaurants, taquerias and
    fast food joints there is no deli anywhere near my neighborhood, so I
    can tell you what I think of when I wish we had one, and that's
    quality. I can get cold cuts at the supermarket, so the deli should
    offer better quality ones, especially the corned beef and the
    pastrami. Offer a good variety of traditional breads, including a
    good rye and a pumpernickel. National brand bagels suck and the one
    (maybe two) places in L.A. that make good ones is not close, so the
    deli should go there and get them for me. Have a jar of pickled eggs
    on the counter along with the very best dill pickles you can find (or
    make).

    Want to offer something different? Make slaw from Brussels sprouts
    (as Sheldon sometimes mentions); it's distinctive and really good.

    Put a suggestion box out for the first six months and ask people to
    tell you what they want you to stock. -aem

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