Ok I’m back, sorry I had to step away for a year or two…the phone rang. I didn’t have anything interesting to say. but now, I really don’t care even if I don’t think its interesting because I’m going to say it anyway. First let’s start with this delicatessen thing. In the eon or so that I’ve been in this
hospitality business, I’ve had very few projects like this one. First of all, Rye is breaking new ground here. Sure everyone thinks they now what a deli is, but Rye isn’t a deli. Its a delicatessen. And that distinction is really not very subtle once you spend some time thinking about it. (Which too many of the early internet blabbers didn’t take the time to do) It was too easy to do the expected. New York style “fresser” overstuffed sandwiches with mediocre at best meats on grey looking bread that most restaurants in Minnesota used to call Jewish bread.
I remember one of the first times I went out for breakfast shortly after moving to Minnesota. I was at a small diner in St. Paul where I ordered a couple of eggs over easy, hash browns and bacon. The waitress then asked if I wanted toast, I said sure whattya got? She replied straight faced like she had done for the last 20 years, “We got white, wheat or Jewish” My companion busted out what sounded more like a belch than a laugh while covering her face with her hands. I said “I’ll take the Jewish…dry” This time, a stream of coffee proceeded a five minute snort and laugh fit. She was a special gal.
So anyway, this is going to be fun. You may like what I say, you may not. Frankly, I’d like to think you will, but really don’t care if you don’t.