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Douglaston Deli Owner's Son to Take Over Business

Matt Walters, who has worked at the deli for 19 years, will take the reins.

Photo courtesy of the Douglaston Deli.
Photo courtesy of the Douglaston Deli.

The long-time owner of the Douglaston Deli will hand over the reins to his son, who has worked at the store for nearly two decades, later this month.

Matt Walters said he will be co-owner of the deli with current partner Robert Brancato when his father, Richard Walters, retires after 44 years of operating the store.

“I’ve been there for 19 years,” said Matt Walters, who currently acts as manager of the deli. “I’m 34 years old and it’s the only job I’ve ever had.”

Richard Walters purchased the deli in 1969, at which time it was approximately six years old.

“He taught me all about how quality is the main thing,” said Matt Walters, who started at the deli as a stock boy. “All these years, people keep coming back to us.”

He said the store’s most popular item has long been its potato salad.

“The main thing people come in for is our homemade potato salad,” he said. “We boil the potatoes and hand peel them in an old school way that’s not done much anymore. But we sell a lot of sandwiches and soups as well.”

For more information on the deli, visit its Twitter page.

Lauren Hoey January 22, 2014 at 10:48 PM
Love this deli!
Jaime February 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Indeed. The potato salad is excellent and I am one of those customers who keeps going back for it, despite its premium price. Not to be underestimated is their also superior cucumber salad. Other members of my family praise the deli's soups. The prepared foods and sandwich menu are alos quite impressive. Do not allow the very friendly staff to ask you "what else?" or you may go broke! Mr. Matt Walters and Mr. Robert Brancato deserve congratulations and much luck with their new responsibilities.

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