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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 2 years ago

Manzano’s Deli coming to Winter Park

Husband-and-wife team Brian and Angie Thompson are bringing their deli to Winter Park.
by: Troy Herring Sports Editor

The big subs are coming. Are you ready?

Winter Park residents soon will be able to enjoy the delicious sandwiches offered by New Smyrna Beach’s Manzano’s Deli by the end of the year.

Featuring everything from its famous large subs to bagels and paninis, Manzano’s is a traditional deli looking to bring their food to hungry Winter Parkers.

The gourmet Italian deli, established in 2009, was purchased in 2012 by Angie Thompson and her husband, Brian.

“We’ve kind of been going back and forth for a while on where would be a good place — my husband is actually from Winter Park,” Angie said. “And a lot of people that come to the New Smyrna Beach location are also Winter Park residents, so they kind of have that familiarity with our deli here and they’re telling us we should open a deli there.”

The combination of Brian being from Winter Park, and having a loyal local contingent helped spur the notion of setting up shop in Winter Park.

During a visit, the Thompsons also noticed there weren’t many options for fast-casual food. That’s when they found themselves signing a lease for a spot at 221 W. Fairbanks Ave.

Although the deli also has a second location in Deland, the addition of the deli in Winter Park is the first for the couple. The Thompsons originally had been working in real estate flipping houses, before they met the former owner who was selling the restaurant. 

“He was selling it at such a good price, we were like, ‘Well we can always flip it if we don’t like it,’ and it turns out that we really like it — we enjoy food and trying different restaurants,” Thompson said. 

The menu itself is packed full of a variety of different subs, pizzas, paninis and other deli standards, but the restaurant is more known for its huge, 15-inch subs.

The most popular subs include the No. 1 selling NSB sub (turkey, bacon, swiss, avocado, tomato and ranch) and the No. 2 Italian Stallion (ham, salami, prosciutto, pepperoni, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, black olives, mayo, oil, and vinegar).

Bringing the menu full of subs and other delicious deli foods to Winter Park has been both a nerve-racking and exciting adventure for the Thompsons. 

And despite not even having an open deli yet, the couple already is getting comments from eager future patrons.

“This weekend here in New Smyrna was the Craft Beer Walk and Chili Cook-Off, and I was at the deli and some people wanted to meet me because they had read about us opening,” Thompson said. “They were so excited, because they were part-time here and part-time in Winter Park. … Everyone is just so positive about us opening over there.”

Troy Herring is the sports editor at the West Orange Times and Windermere Observer. He is a graduate of the University of Mount Olive (BS '12) and the University of Alabama (MA '16)....

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