Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Ken's Deli Opens on Blake Block


Ken's N.Y. Deli at 82 Great Road had it's grand opening on Saturday November 2nd.

I recently spoke with James Garabedian, one of the owners. James has been in the restaurant business for over 30 years. He owned the original Ken's NY Deli next to Caldor's in the Middlesex Mall in Burlington. In 1999, the Mall bought his location out. He then moved the restaurant in to a previous McDonald's on Cambridge Street in Burlington (which is now Lesters BBQ). A few years later, he moved to the old building at the Blake Block. He then sold the restaurant to one of the employees. After the old building came down,  the new owner could not reach a new agreement with the landlord, so James saw there was an opportunity to re-open Ken's. This time he partnered up with co-owners Marie and John Cronin (who also own Wicked Good Frozen Yogurt right next door to Ken's).

The new restaurant has 47 seats and includes art work of the New York skyline.

James mentioned he loved to cook so his main focus in on the food. The restaurant does not have any microwaves and most items are made from scratch. They get their corn beef from the same supplier as the Carnegie Deli in New York while breads come from a Jewish Bakery in Brookline.

Most of the old menu has been brought back along with some new additions including Soups, Pasta Entrees and Brick Oven Pizzas. Their number one specialty is carved turkey.

The expanded menu has over 100 items. Please click on the image for a close up view.

The deli recently got approved for a Beer and Wine license. They plan to have six different beers on draft along with bottled beer. They are still working on the wine selection, but expect to begin serving beer and wine before the end of the month.

The new restaurant is more spacious and includes a number of high top counter seats.

The restaurant is open from 10am to 9pm Monday through Thursday, 10 pm on Friday and Saturday and to 2 1 pm on Sundays. Breakfast, including Omelets and Pancakes is available on Saturdays and Sundays. While you normally order at the counter, table service is available on the weekend for both Breakfast and Dinner.

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