Downtown deli to add second location in former Josiah’s space

April 25, 2018

The deli that recently opened on Phillips Avenue is adding a second downtown space.

Myers’ Deli & More is adding a location in the CNA Surety Building in the space vacated when Josiah’s Coffeehouse & Cafe moved earlier this year.

It’s a second location for owner and chef Dan Myers, who opened his deli in The Carpenter Building at 221 S. Phillips Ave. in March.

The CNA location will be similar, offering breakfast, a salad bar and deli menu. It will close at 5 p.m., while The Carpenter location stays open later and has a bar with a dinner menu Thursday through Saturday.

“I like the built-in clientele,” Myers said of the CNA Surety Building. “I think that area of downtown is growing into one of the centerpieces of downtown, so I thought having a location in both places would be great.”

He also has a catering business with several clients in the building at 101 S. Reid St. and nearby, he said.

“We’re in the heart of downtown here at The Carpenter and over there is going. I’m excited about it.”

He is redoing the former Josiah’s to integrate some of his look from The Carpenter location, adding seating and taking out an island.

He plans to hire about a dozen deli assistants, baristas and management staff to support his expanded business. The CNA location is expected to open in June.

It’s a welcome addition for the building, which has about 400 office workers at tenants such as CNA Surety, Ballard Spahr LLP and Lloyd Cos.

“It gives people in the building a choice right within the building for lunch and breakfast and provides a coffeehouse throughout the day,” said Lloyd’s Scott Blount, who leased it. “It’s built-in business and captive clientele.”

He agrees with Myers that downtown can support both locations.

“The business in this building caters to the clients in this building. While Phillips Avenue will have its niche, this is a small restaurant space that lends itself well to taking care of the employees in this building and business lunches in the area.”

Downtown deli expands hours, menus

Downtown deli to add second location in former Josiah’s space

The deli that recently opened on Phillips Avenue is adding a second downtown space.

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