SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT
Joe De Nigris, the former owner of Island Gourmet
Deli, is back behind the counter with daily specials
and new menu items after teaming up with Time Saver
owner Mondher Kobrosly to buy the deli back from the
people he sold it to.
By Louise Bolger
sun staff writer
HOLMES BEACH The man who founded Island Gourmet
Deli is back in charge after a two-year retirement, thanks
to the prodding of another gourmet purveyor.
Joe De Nigris opened the shop at 5604 Marina Drive in
1994 and sold it after 10 years when he decided to retire.
In his absence, the name changed to Island Gourmet Pizza
and Wine, but the owner recently decided to get out of
the business. Thats when the door opened for De
Mondher Kobrosly, owner of Time Saver Food and Wine and
Jessies Island Store, decided to invest in the business,
but he felt it would be a good time to see if De Nigris
wanted to return, due to the stores popularity when
he first owned it.
"Its back to work for me; Im out of retirement,"
De Nigris said on Wednesday, June 14, the day after reopening.
"Im excited about it."
De Nigris is equally excited about the return of Julie
Toner, who will again run the front of the shop and who
had spent the last two years developing a deli at Time
Saver. She will handle the pizza, salads and sandwiches
served at the counter.
"Shes very good," he said. "Customers
are already coming in looking for her."
De Nigris and Kobrosly will also expand the shelves in
the front of the store with more gourmet Italian packaged
items and wines.
De Nigris said he would specialize in takeout dinners
featuring pasta, veal, pork tenderloin, duckling and other
entrees. Full dinners including bread and salad will range
in price from around $10 to $15, he said.
"I look forward to getting all our old customers
back," he said. "Our menu will be a lot bigger
than it was before."
The expanded menu includes a seafood platter with shrimp,
scallops, grouper and crab cakes.
"The menu is always changing," he said. "We
encourage people to call for our daily specials."
"We will choose a wine to go with your dinner if
you like," De Nigris said. "Its a nice
way to enjoy a meal at home without cooking."
De Nigris expects 90 percent of his business to be takeout.
He said their summer hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday, and will be extended during
season when he will be open Monday through Saturday.
To call in an order, phone 778-0333.
Name: Island Gourmet Deli
Address: 5604 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday,10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.