Keeping the Sub Sandwich Alive
WINSTED â€” Seeing potential in the former location of Jerryâ€™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 deliâ€™s potential and renaming it Sub Marinoâ€™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, Concettoâ€™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.
â€œI enjoy catering a lot,â€ said Marino. â€œIâ€™m not a short order cook and I donâ€™t make things fast, but I know how to make food taste good.â€
Marino said he is working on giving the customers what they need in a delicatessen.
Beginning in the next week or so, the restaurantâ€™s hours of operation will change to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For the coffee lover, Marinoâ€™s is definitely a place to check out.
â€œThe coffee is blended just for me,â€ Marino said. He worked closely with his vendor to create a custom blend only he carries.
For the college crowd, Sub Marinoâ€™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 â€œSpecialty Sandwichesâ€ menu.
â€œThe pulled pork sandwich and Pilgrimâ€™s Pride are the most popular,â€ said Marino. â€œI canâ€™t keep enough roast beef in the building.â€ 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. â€œVery rarely do I use pre-made,â€ says Marino.
Bread is delivered fresh daily from Rockland Bakery in Long Island.
â€œI donâ€™t think of myself as a restaurant,â€ says Marino in regard to having a dinner service. â€œThereâ€™s plenty of nice eateries in the town already.â€ But he is not opposed to the idea of bringing back the dinner buffet that Jerryâ€™s Deli use to have. â€œIf thatâ€™s what the customer asks for,â€ said Marino. â€œI am trying to focus on the deli.â€
Sub Marinoâ€™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.