First Look: Regis’ Deli

Posted: April 8th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Deli, Marblehead | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Shakespeare wrote that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but this local deli by another name may just be even sweeter. The former Grossman’s Deli at 252 Humphrey St. in Marblehead reopened on March 26 under the name Regis’ Deli, though the name on the familiar green awning has yet to be changed.

I stopped in yesterday morning to procure a toasted onion bagel with cream cheese and check it out. On first glance, everything looks the same; the deli counters in the corner, the familiar smiling faces serving up corned beef, brisket, and bagels, the freezer case full of matzo balls and other specialty items.

While waiting for my bagel to toast, I had a chance to talk with new co-owner Regis Gravlin, a Danvers resident with twenty years of experience in the food service business, who bought the place with Ehab Sadeek, a wholesale baker and owner of Bageland in Winchester.

Gravlin was welcoming and open, with obvious enthusiasm for this new venture. He described the changes planned with pride, and said he’s interested in serving the needs of the community.

The New York Jewish-style  deli offerings, including fresh, homemade pastrami, corned beef, and brisket will remain the same, but Gravlin wants to offer customers more variety in the form of additional deli salads, more sandwich choices and daily specials. Other food additions may include full-service breakfast, a baked goods display at the coffee station, and possibly a salad bar.

Gravlin also plans to take better advantage of the available space inside the storefront. Previously, the shelves against the walls and the freestanding displays always seemed a bit bare and awkward. These will be reconfigured and stocked with specialty and market items, even a few home essentials like paper goods. Neighbors will rejoice if these plans come to fruition, as there is no other market or convenience store in the area.

Another change that will be music to the ears of both neighbors looking for a quick dinner and beachgoers picking up picnic fare is that the deli is now open seven days a week, with longer hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

In a time when so many small businesses are closing and storefronts are being left empty, we are happy to see this one given vigorous new life and look forward to seeing the results of its metamorphosis.

Regis’ Deli
252 Humphrey St, Marblehead
(781) 639-4448