With a menu selection that offers an eclectic choice of sandwich options, Down the Street Deli has plans to open mid-April in the former Zaydee's Coffee House location at 2330 S Milford Rd. in Highland.
Combining items such as raspberries and ham or turkey and strawberries, owner Patrick Thompson of Hartland says he doesn’t know how to cook, but he can make a sandwich.
“I've never tried to cook," he said. "But people have had some of my sandwiches before and they always told me I would have open a store,” he said.
Gina Bateman of White Lake has been a friend of Thompson's for many years and even though she admits to being a "simple sandwich" type person, she enjoys being a regular taste-tester for her friend's creations.
“There are some things I would never think to put together,” she said. “But they just pop- you have to put them all together and they pop.”
Thompson’s personal favorite is the number one item on the menu of turkey and pineapple.
“I like pineapple cream cheese, I like ham and I like raisin bread so I just put it all together,” he said with a grin.
The menu will also include more simple sandwiches as well, according to Thompson, along with drinks, soups, salads and snack items.
Thompson, formerly of Arkansas co-owned a shop there before moving to Michigan and after more years managing a Subway, said that owning his own store again has always been his dream.
Still in a construction phase, Thompson is busy transforming his new space with the help of friends such as Bateman and her husband who are excited to see their friends shop succeed.
“He’s going to have free Wi-Fi so people can come work here,” Bateman said. “And open-mike night on Thursdays.”
Plans for the new deli will also include a lunch buffet, offering soups and salads that will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
After opening, Down the Street Deli hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.