Like a good sandwich prepared with the fresh ingredients that their business is known for, the opportunity to move Olive That Deli to Main Street in Manchester was more than owners Shelly and Todd Schrader could pass up.
The couple re-opened in the former Beaver’s Lounge location in early December after operating in their previous location for six years.
“We had been looking for a place to buy,” explained Shelly Schrader, who said while they own the business, they rented the space at their prior location. “When I heard that Beaver’s Lounge was closing and that Jim and Linda Thole were retiring, I asked Todd if he wanted to buy a building.”
A couple of days later, after visiting with Linda Thole, the wheels were in motion and the Schraders soon had their building.
Next came a very extensive remodeling job. “We got possession Aug. 1 and remodeled over the next four-and-a-half months,” Todd Schrader said. “We did a lot of it ourselves with family and friends.”
A visit to the deli shows tin ceilings and an exposed brick wall. Both are original to the building, which was built in 1850. “We knew the brick wall would be there, but we wondered what condition it and the tin ceiling would be in,” Todd Schrader explained.
Both the brick and the ceiling are in good shape, as is the rest of the deli. Customers will also notice much more room than in the old location.
“We could seat 36 in the old place, but now we can seat 88,” Shelly Schrader said. “We also have front row seating at the bar looking out the window. It’s like sitting on your front porch. You see everyone walking by and they can see you. It’s kind of fun to sit there.”
A room in the back serves as a meeting room. “We left that back open so if someone has a meeting, we are more than happy to open it for them,” Shelly Schrader said.
“It’s also available for larger gatherings like a birthday party, or maybe you want to bring your family down to eat and want a bit more privacy,” Todd Schrader added.
The deli menu remains the same as before, although Shelly Schrader said they plan to expand it. “We have plans to bring in flatbread pizzas and the kids want some cookie dough. We’ll bring those things in eventually.”
The deli also offers catering for groups.
Olive That Deli’s hours are” Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The deli is closed on Sunday.
The deli also offers online ordering which can be found on their Facebook page: Olive That Deli. “People can order online, pay online and avoid the line,” Shelly Schrader said. A website, www.olivethatdeli.com, also features menu items and other information.
“We’re very humbled by this experience,” Shelly Schrader said. “We love being on Main Street. People have been very good to us and we want to return the favor.”