The Mall Deli, for all intents and purposes, began December 1, 1979. That's the day Jim and Diane Martino purchased a struggling restaurant...The Mall Deli. They had very little money, a fair amount of experience and a HUGE desire to succeed.
They knew there was no secret to success in this business. Just serve really good food, provide really good service in a nice atmosphere and do it from the heart. Maybe that last part is the secret...do it from the heart.
So on that cold day in December 1979, a journey began. At first, with baby steps...higher quality meats, cheeses, bread....more personal customer service....improved aesthetics. Later with bigger steps....more equipment larger staff....store remodel. Eventually, growth in clientele demanded expansion, not once but twice. The Deli went from a 1000 square foot restaurant with a staff of 6 to a 5000 square foot facility employing 70.
Over the years we have received numerous awards and citations. These include Pittsburg Small Business of the Year (twice), Entrepreneur of the Year, Number one listing on Trip Advisor, Yelp and Google, various Best Of Crawford County awards including Best All-Around Restaurant, Best Waitstaff, Best Sandwich Best Meal for the Money.