HUNTINGTON – The road to starting a business can be long, but for Stelli Delicatessen owners Stella and Seth Levy it has been longer than most thanks to the COVID-19 crisis. The restaurant was originally scheduled to open in spring 2020, but the decision was made to delay opening for more than a year. The restaurant finally held its grand opening on May 4th, and they’ve served some of the most unique sandwiches on homemade bread since.
âI came here to study at Marshall University in 2010. I worked here for about five years in the restaurant industry, then my husband, Seth, and moved to Portland, Oregon. , and I worked in the food industry for almost four years. six and a half years, âsaid Stella Levy.
âI grew up in Huntington and worked at Rocco’s Little Italy and later Taste of Asia. This place was once a barbershop before emptying the space and completely redesigning the interior. We started working on this almost two years ago. Then COVID hit two months before we were close to opening, âSeth Levy said. âFortunately, we have a great owner, Derek Hyman, who was very understanding and knew the risk of opening a business in the event of a pandemic.
They had a soft opening during the last week of April.
âWe were only open three days that week because the demand was so incredible that we had to close early and take the time to prepare for our grand opening,â said Stella Levy.
The menu offers a variety of sandwiches, from Jewish grocery stores to Italian mills and Texas / North Carolina smokehouses.
âWe process and smoke all of our meat. What we cannot do ourselves, we import the best ingredients for our Italian sandwich. We also use local vegetables and other ingredients when we can, âsaid Seth Levy. âStella bakes most of our breads, and she ultimately intends to bake all of them. We also spoke with some local bakeries and we want to support them as well. “
The Stelli has a revolving assortment of sandwiches. Regular sandwiches include the Cuban ($ 11) with pulled pork, minced ham, Swiss cheese, mustard, horseradish aioli and pickles on a hoagie bun. There’s also a Cheesesteak ($ ââ12) made with grated rib eye, grilled onion, mushrooms, provolone plus American cheeses, lettuce, hot peppers, and mayonnaise on a hoagie roll.
The Turkey Panini ($ 9) has turkey breast, smoked gouda, sautÃ©ed onion and Calabrian pepper served on sourdough bread. There are new additions and specials every week.
âWe had a special called The Bobby, which features homemade chicken fillets with hot sauce and blue cheese. It’s named after a late high school friend. We always talked about opening a sandwich shop together in high school, so we paid tribute, âsaid Seth Levy. âWe plan to sell beer and wine eventually. We are also working on an outdoor patio. “
The Stelli Delicatessen is located at 1112 4th Ave., in Huntington across from Purple Earth Comics. It is currently open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. It is closed on Sunday and Monday. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted.