Updates for the Deli Diva and Dude

It’s been awhile since I posted. We have been very busy. The new tenants are in with their restaurant and Rob has been traveling back and forth working on his sculptures up north. He has also been busy with his blacksmith metal arts classes which he now offers every day. The holidays are coming and a class in this wonderful technique would be a great gift for your artistic friends and family. You can check out his website @


I have been working on my art and my writing. I’ve picked up some new clients I write for; one is a large restaurant consultant firm in NYC another is a large RV manufacturer and I am hoping he will let us try out some of the new ones in the future 🙂

But I need some of my wonderful pastrami customers input. I am thinking of marketing my secret pastrami spice rub along with a recipe of how you can re-create the same wonderful tasting pastrami right in your own home!

Would you want to buy this? If so, how much would you be willing to pay for 8oz of the rub (enough for at least 30 lbs of meat) and the secret cooking technique? Let me know either by commenting here or contact me over @ The Deli Diva on facebook.

Hope all is going well for all of you and stop by to say ‘Hi” when you are in the neighborhood. We are hoping the new tenants will be blessed with the same great success with their restaurant that we enjoyed for almost five years with our Deli Diva.

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Nice Article on Patch About Us…Check it Out

So many of you have been calling and stopping by to wish us well these past few weeks. We are so fortunate to have met so many wonderful people over the years of serving our foods at The Deli Diva.

The other day, as we were out in the yard, up came a man who we assumed was a past customer, but it turned out he was an editor with Largo Patch who had read the story of the changes taking place around here and wanted to follow up with us. He interviewed us and wrote a very nice story. You can read it here.  http://largo.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/deli-diva-departing-largo

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I Think We Just Broke a Record! Great News!

In what must be a record for a restaurant changing hands, we are so pleased to announce that in less than two weeks after we made our announcement that we were leasing out the space due to our other committments taking us away from The Deli Diva, we have new tenants!

Kimperly Platt and her business partner Chris Carnes have leased the location and will be opening “Charlie Tulum’s Taco Shack” on October 1st. charlie tulus

They have the same philosophy about only the freshest foods, made fresh each day and Kimberly is a past customer of ours and she plans to keep feeding all the great customers who have supported the Deli Diva in the past as well as introducing many new customers to the fabulous foods she prepares.

Kim and Chris also have “Charlie Tulum’s dos Tacos Food Truck” which they will be operating at many events around town so be on the look out for their truck as well as coming out to support them when they open here.

We. once again, want to thank all of you for being so supportive of us all these years, and now you can treat yourself to the great taste of “Charlie Tulum’s” beginning October 1st!

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The End of One Journey and The Start of Another

Sometimes things happen so fast, it leaves you wondering which path to take. Rob and I have been presented with a major, life-changing challenge that is both exciting and sad for us.

Let me start with the excitement…happy face
Several weeks ago, just before we were closing the deli for the summer season, a very well-dressed gentleman stopped in to try a pastrami sandwich. He loved his lunch, but he was completely taken with Rob’s iron sculptures on the property and he and Rob, aka Deli Dude, talked for quite some time.

One thing led to another and now, several weeks later Rob has received an artist’s commission of a lifetime! This man turned out to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation and they have commissioned him to do a series of sculptures for their offices. This is a major commission and a great opportunity for Rob.

We are so excited that he has this opportunity to spend the next year or two working on this project. 

So, I guess by now you figured out the sad part. Yep, we have to close The Deli Diva so that he can devote all his time to this project. sad face

Sure, I could run the deli myself, but without my better half, I just wouldn’t have my heart in it. Besides, I’m ready for some relaxation. 🙂

This means we will not be opening the deli on October 1st as planned, but instead we are putting the word out there that the location is available for lease to someone who wants to open a restaurant, commercial kitchen, or even another type of retail business such as a dress shop, antique shop, etc.

If any of you know someone interested in leasing the space either as a restaurant or something else, please have them give us a call at 727-588-1315 and leave a message so we can get back to them. 

The past four years have been wonderful meeting and feeding all of you and we have made many great friends along the way. We will still be living here and hope to see some of you around town.

We wish all of you health, happiness and success in your lives and thank you for making The Deli Diva such a success for us. 

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Big Yard Sale Sat & Sun 7/13 & 14

I mentioned Rob and I were cleaning house so we are finally ready to hold our yard sale. I just hope it’s not a total wash out with all the rain we’ve been having.

Stop by and say HI this weekend and you might also find something you just can’t live without! 🙂

Some of the items include: antiques, linens and lace, gorgeous vintage china and crystal glassware, kitchen items, tools, household, lots of folding tables and other furniture, electronics, vintage jewelry, a like-new 1992 vintage Huffy beach cruiser with accessories and much more stuff.

See you this weekend!

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Summer Vacation

Just a reminder that we are now closed for the summer and will re-open on October 1, 2013.

We hope everyone has a great summer! Rob is staying busy with his metal work classes, but still has some openings if anyone is interested. Check out his site at: wroughtironarts.wordpress.com

We’re also busy getting ready for our big yard sale coming up in a few weeks. Keep checking back for the date of that.

Stay safe and have fun!

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Wednesday 6/19 Is Our Final Day Until October 1st!

We planned on being able to stay open all this week, but the word is out and you’ve been coming in droves! I just put the last of the pastrami briskets into the smoker for their overnight smoke. They will most likely be gone by 2 pm Wednesday and we will then officially close for the summer.

If you don’t want to miss out on our pastrami, be here early or call in your orders so you won’t be disappointed. We will start taking your sandwich orders at 9am Wednesday, 727-389-8861.

Also, to thank our wonderful customers here are the specials for Wednesday: GRILLED HAM & CHEESE $.99***NEW YORK CHEESECAKE $.99***BAG OF CHIPS $.50 and all sandwiches, including pastrami, $5.00!


This week’s menu:

chicken sanwichHerb Roasted Chicken Sandwich…$5.00

chicken salad wwChicken Salad Sandwich…$5.00

cheddarappleGrilled Cheddar and Apple Sandwich…$5.00

pastrami-on-rye-close-up3Pastrami on Rye…$5.00

reuben2Pastrami Reuben…$5.00

If you haven’t been in for a while, today is your last chance until October 1st!

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Super Specials Start Monday and Continue Until We Close for the Summer!

It’s getting close to that time and you have been so supportive all season long that we want to thank you in our own special way with lots of specials right up until we close.

reubenFirst, is the big PASTRAMI COUNT-DOWN! We are reducing the price of both our Pastrami on Rye and our Reuben by a quarter each day until our last day when it will be just $5.00!

10**$7.50            11**$7.25            12**$7.00            13**$6.75            14**$6.50            17**$6.25            18**$6.00            19**$5.75            20**$5.50            21**$5.00  Our last day until October!

Our last day to place your order for full briskets by the pound ($14.95/lb.) will be this Wednesday, the 12th.  Just let us know how many pounds you want and when you want to pick it up. Last day for pick up will be Wednesday the 19th.

And, we wanted to do even more for our great customers so…cheddarappleTUESDAY the 11th Get FREE chips and a drink with a full-size Cheddar Apple Sandwich for $6.75…

chicken sanwichWEDNESDAY the 12th Get FREE chips and a drink with a full size Herb Chicken sandwich for $6.75…

ny cheesecakeTHURSDAY the 13th Get a slice of N.Y. Cheesecake for just $2.49…

egg salad sandwichFRIDAY the 14th Get a bag of FREE chips with an Egg Salad Sandwich for just $2.99!

Mark your calendar and come in for your favorites. We will be putting up more specials next week too and throwing in some other special deals during the coming weeks.

Looking forward to seeing all our great friends and customers for lunch!

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Winding Down to Summer Break!

Most of you know we are a seasonal restaurant and close the end of June each year and then re-open the first of October.

We will be celebrating our 4th anniversary this November and it’s all thanks to our wonderful customers, like you!

This month is our “Customer Appreciation” month, so expect lots of great specials all month long.

We will have your favorite New York Cheesecake every day until we close for just $2.99 a slice!ny cheesecake

Today, we have our delicious Herb Roasted Chicken Breast sandwich with Provolone, Lettuce, Tomato and Mayo for just $5.00, which is a savings of $1.75 off the regular price!chicken sanwich


Keep checking back because we will be doing something later in the month that we have never done before…special prices on our popular pastrami sandwiches!

Also, we are taking orders for your pastrami briskets so you don’t have to miss our pastrami while we are closed for the summer. You can order your  briskets by the pound at $14.95/lb.  smoking pastrami

These freeze very well. If you buy a large brisket, you can slice it into smaller pieces and freeze them. Take one out when you want some, steam it to juicy perfection, thinly slice and serve some delicious sandwiches to your friends and family. pastrami-on-rye-close-up3

Call us to place your order!  727-389-8861

And don’t forget to stop by today for a great lunch!

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June is Upon Us!

Here we are in our final month before we close for the summer season.

If you have been craving our foods, this is the month to make sure you get here because we will close for the summer at the end of this month and re-open in October.

Craving our delicious N.Y; Cheesecake? We have it!Image Craving our original N.Y. deli style smoked pastrami? We have it!Image How about the fluffiest egg salad sandwich in town? We have it! ImageOr maybe you’d like one of our oven roasted herb chicken breast sandwiches, sliced to order.Image  Not into meat? We haven’t forgotten you either. Try our Grilled Cheddar and Sliced Apple sandwich. We sandwich fresh sliced apples between lots of cheddar and grill the sandwich until the melted cheddar encases the apple for the best grilled cheese sandwich you ever tried!Image

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