Marketplace: New deli serves up nostalgia in Coalville
July 12, 2011
The owners of Yolk on Main in Kamas have another restaurant on Main Street this time in Coalville.
The Duffin family opened Richie D’s Deli in May at the corner of Main and Center Street. The historic building was one of the first registered pharmacies in Utah and was North Summit’s corner drugstore for years.
Prior to the last tenant closing nearly a decade ago, Sarah Duffin said the space had been home to various businesses, but all had preserved the original marble-tiled soda fountain and bar stools.
Several people have come in and said they have fond memories of enjoying a float or sundae at the counter, Sarah said. Now they’re bringing in grandchildren to do the same thing.
Richie Duffin had long envisioned opening a restaurant more casual than Yolk where working people could eat a simple breakfast in the morning and families could enjoy ice cream in the evenings. They opened such a store in the former Zions Bank building next to Yolk, but closed it last December because business was too seasonal.
The Duffins had also contemplated opening a second Yolk location in Coalville.
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After months of planning, the family decided to rent the old pharmacy building and fully realize Richie’s vision. Because the newly-renovated space has no kitchen, the Duffin’s decided on a deli selling sandwiches, soups, salads and all kinds of ice cream and sodas.
Right now the restaurant is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., but will open earlier when the breakfast menu is complete.
So far, community response has been positive, Sarah said. People come in the mornings for coffee and hang out while reading the newspaper or chatting, working people come in for lunch, students come by after school for milk shakes and sundaes and families hang out in the evenings.
Sarah said she believes Richie discovered a niche not served by Coalville’s other restaurants with the deli and ice cream parlor.
To succeed in a small town, Sarah said, consistency is key. Richie D’s Deli is open seven days a week with the same hours. The menu is standard American fare with large baked potatoes, big hot dogs and kid meals along with standard deli offerings.
The family is committed to quality of service and product, she said.
Daily specials give customers a reason to come in and try something new, Sarah added.
"The staff and the atmosphere make it welcoming. We want you to feel taken care of," she said. "We want people to know us and know our staff that’s what consistency means."
To accommodate boaters and groups playing in the mountains, Richie D’s prepares platters of meats and cheeses and offers other catering services, she said.
The spacious interior makes the restaurant welcome for all age groups, she added.
"Be in the middle of it all or sit by yourself and enjoy your dinner," Sarah said.
The family is also excited to be a part of the Main Street community because of all the special events.
"Richie liked that there’s always something going on," she said.
Richie D’s Deli
2 South Main Street, Coalville