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Gioia’s Deli will open third location in Creve Coeur

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

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Good news for sandwich fans: Gioia’s Deli will set up shop in West County in the new year. The popular sandwich shop will open a Creve Coeur location at 623 N. New Ballas Road by April 1, according to co-owner Alex Donley.

Gioia’s food truck has hit the Creve Coeur area since 2014, and Donley said it almost always sells out. That success, coupled with an increase in Gioia’s catering business in the area, made opening a brick-and-mortar location there a no-brainer.

“We were just waiting for an opportunity,” he said. “This space came across our bow in October, and we’ve been working [to get it] ever since.”

Donley said the menu will be the same as the other two Gioia’s locations to start. The space will have 40 seats and possibly some outside seating, too, as well as a 60-space parking lot. Donley said the building, which most recently housed a Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs, would only require some aesthetic tweaks to get it up and running.

“We just have to make the space our own, and give it that Gioia’s charm,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Gioia’s Deli

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: James Beard Foundation declares Gioia’s Deli an American Classic

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

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The James Beard Foundation has announced the five recipients of its 2017 America’s Classics award, and one of St. Louis’ longtime favorites has landed on the list. Gioia’s Deli is the first St. Louis restaurant to receive the honor since the award’s inception in 1998.

“It’s a whirlwind. It’s been crazy,” said co-owner Alex Donley. He received news of the event late last year. “I was sitting in a movie theater with my daughter, and I got this call from New York. I just ignored it. I thought it was someone wanting money or something.”

Gioia’s Deli opened in 1918 and began life as a grocery store. The Gioia family sold the deli to the Donley family in 1980, when it began a second incarnation as a lunch spot famous for its Hot Salami sandwich. The Gioia’s food truck debuted in 2014, and a second location opened downtown, with the same menu as the original restaurant, last year.

To qualify for the award, restaurants have to have been in business for at least 10 years and be locally owned. The America’s Classic award honors restaurants that “have timeless appeal and are cherished for quality food that reflects the character of their community,” according to the announcement from the James Beard Foundation.

“In an ever-changing culinary landscape, these honorees have created enduring restaurants and food establishments that have not only stood the test of time, but continue to bring people together in celebration of the unique flavors in America’s vast food scene,” Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation, said in the announcement.

Donley said he’s ready for a bump in business once word of the award gets out. “We’re so excited,” he said. “We’re preparing for the storm and making sure the lines won’t be too long.”

The other awardees include La Taqueria in San Francisco; Sahadi’s in Brooklyn; Schultz’s Crab House in Essex, Maryland; and Bertha’s Kitchen in Charleston, South Carolina. Gioia’s Deli and the rest of this year’s winners will be recognized on Monday, May 1 at the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala in Chicago.

 

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The Scoop: Gioia’s Deli to open second location downtown

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

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After a mere 98 years of consideration, Gioia’s Deli is opening a second location. Gioia’s Deli Downtown will open by April 1 in the former Sauce on the Side space at 903 Pine St.

“The food truck was key,” said co-owner Alex Donley. “We were able to take the truck to new markets and through the food quality, it created a frenzy. The downtown frenzy was the most powerful.”

The new location will seat about 40 people and will serve the lunch crowd to start, with tentative opening hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The walk-up deli counter will serve up the same menu as the flagship location on The Hill with a few additions. “We have a base of loyal downtown, truck customers,” said Donley. “They have come up with some sandwiches that will be at the new location.”

Look for the customer-created Hog Father with hot salami, bacon and hot coppa on garlic-cheese bread or the Strongman, created by a Wells Fargo employee that features hot salami, hot roast beef, hard salami and giardiniera.

While the food truck is popular in St. Louis County, it will stay on the scene downtown during the week to serve customers farther away from the new brick and mortar. Prior to opening, the Donleys plan to park the truck in front of the new location.

 

 

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