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Keeping the Sub Sandwich Alive

WINSTED — Seeing potential in the former location of Jerry’s Deli on Park Place, David Marino decided to buy the struggling deli business, owned by his cousin, Jerry Brochu. Marino said this week that he knew the deli’s potential and renaming it Sub Marino’s might be a shot in the arm for the storefront.
Marino is a familiar face in the local food service industry. Having worked at the family business, Concetto’s, for years, he left in 1997 to attend culinary school at the Center for Culinary Arts. For five years after school, he was corporate chef at Fairview Farms Golf Course, where he would cook for between 60 and 100 functions a year.
“I enjoy catering a lot,” said Marino. “I’m not a short order cook and I don’t make things fast, but I know how to make food taste good.”
Marino said he is working on giving the customers what they need in a delicatessen.
Beginning in the next week or so, the restaurant’s hours of operation will change to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For the coffee lover, Marino’s is definitely a place to check out.
“The coffee is blended just for me,” Marino said. He worked closely with his vendor to create a custom blend only he carries.  
For the college crowd, Sub Marino’s will offer pre-made sandwich and salads for the students on the go. For those who want to sit and enjoy a lunch with a view of the park, several items are on the “Specialty Sandwiches” menu.
“The pulled pork sandwich and Pilgrim’s Pride are the most popular,” said Marino. “I  can’t keep enough roast beef in the building.” Marino makes his own roasted top sirloin butt roast beef, but also carries deli roast beef if preferred. He also has fresh turkey for sandwiches, which are in high demand. Soups and salads are also homemade. “Very rarely do I use pre-made,” says Marino.
Bread is delivered fresh daily from Rockland Bakery in Long Island.
“I don’t think of myself as a restaurant,” says Marino in regard to having a dinner service. “There’s plenty of nice eateries in the town already.” But he is not opposed to the idea of bringing back the dinner buffet that Jerry’s Deli use to have. “If that’s what the customer asks for,” said Marino. “I am trying to focus on the deli.”
Sub Marino’s is located at 37 Park Place and open for dine in or take out. To place an order or get information on the catering service, call 860-738-2827.

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