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Downtown Deli’s One Year Anniversary in...
Downtown Deli’s One Year Anniversary in Lee's Summit
August 10, 2012
Tammy Jo Tyner
Tribune Photo/Fred Poese
By Jessica Root,
Intern Report for the Tribune
On July 18, Downtown Deli, now housed in the fire station portion of the old city hall building in Downtown Lee’s Summit, celebrated one year of serving Lee’s Summit delicious sandwiches.
Owner, Tammy Jo Tyner, has always had a passion for cooking. She spent several years in New York, and she often cooked large meals for her friends. Fridge space in New York was minimal, so Tyner and her friends would divide up the leftovers and take small portions home.
This tradition continued when Tyner moved back to Lee’s Summit. She was working at Neighbor’s Café and selling her handcrafted Santa hats, but it was just a matter of time and circumstance before Tyner opened up her own deli.
“I love to cook and feed people,” Tyner said. “Serving customers in my deli is just like serving people in my home.”
Downtown Deli started out across from Cameron’s on 3rd Street, but for economical purposes, Tyner moved her deli up the street. She claims it’s a better deli location.
“I love historical downtown Lee’s Summit. It’s nice. Everyone is very supportive and proud,” Tyner said.
Tyner’s most popular sandwiches are the Reuben, the Philly and the French Dip. Customers can eat-in or take-out their lunch. They even have the option of picking up their food in the alley drive-thru, which has served 114 customers and counting.
Although Tyner has tried opening Downtown Deli, for breakfast and dinner, lunch has been the most successful. She takes her customers criticism, though they rarely have any negative comments about her food, and she changes up her items when people are bored with them.
Tyner is also very excited to be opening a storefront in Greenwood in the next couple months. Her fiancé, Mike Bowman, will be doing the construction with his company.
“The Lee’s Summit location is too small for catering and boxed lunches. I have to shut down the whole deli when I do catering because there is not enough room,” Tyner said.
The Greenwood location will be at 505 Main Street across from the Antique Mall. Once it’s opened, all of the prep work can be done there so Tyner doesn’t have to close the Lee’s Summit location on Mondays to prepare for the week.
Tyner never had a doubt in her mind about her deli making it. She works hard to provide her customers with quality deli sandwiches for lunch.
“I’ve learned to stop worrying. Business can be unpredictable,” Tyner said. “Everything always works out in the end.”
Recently, Downtown Deli started selling fresh produce from Little Muddy Farms in Sedalia. Tyner gets her bread from Roma Bakery, and she handpicks her meat and cheese from vendors Downtown Kansas City.
Tyner makes all of the sides Downtown Deli sells herself. In fact, her recipes aren’t even written down. She only has two employees that help her out in the deli. She loves what she does, and she takes pride in serving Downtown Deli’s customers herself.
Downtown Deli is open Monday thru Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday & Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.(later depending on weather and downtown events.)
For free downtown Lee's Summit delivery, ally pickup, box lunches and catering call (816) 554-3354
Visit Downtown Deli Facebook page for daily specials https://www.facebook.com/pages/Downtown-Deli/148856371842934
Deacon Kenneth L. Fuenfhausen