Two delis open in downtown DuluthHow does this sound: A caramelized pear and honey ham sandwich with lacy Swiss cheese and brandied mayo served on caramel apple bread. It’s the handiwork of Eileen Brown, the baker behind How Sweet It Is Cakes.
By: Christa Lawler , Duluth News Tribune
How does this sound: A caramelized pear and honey ham sandwich with lacy Swiss cheese and brandied mayo served on caramel apple bread.
It’s the handiwork of Eileen Brown, the baker behind How Sweet It Is Cakes. Brown has taken over the former Duluth Athletic Club Deli space in the Medical Arts Building, and is adding a deli to her already-established bakery. It is tentatively scheduled to open on Tuesday and is one of two delis to pop up on Superior Street in the past four months. Six blocks east, Jacqui’s Deli opened in June.
Brown plans to serve sandwiches on bread that is baked daily, soups made from scratch and eventually pasta. She will have scones, muffins and healthy salad options. Meanwhile, Brown still will be baking custom cakes, as she has been doing out of a church kitchen for the past
13 years. There also will be sliced meat and cheeses available for pick up, cupcakes for office parties and mini cakes that serve five to seven people.
How Sweet It Is Cakes is tucked in the Medical Arts Building on Superior Street near a Skyway entrance. Brown gets the outer shop space for seating, which includes a mezzanine for additional seating.
“We really want to be a place where people can come in and feel comfortable,” Brown said.
Brown got her start baking a 12-tier wedding cake for a friend. After she recuperated from that adventure, she went on to bake cakes at cost. Orders followed, and she decided to make this cake thing a business. She’s hoping to attract diners who work downtown and the customers who have been buying her cakes for years.
“As far as a business model: ‘Punt,’ ” she said. “I’m flying by the seat of my pants.”
Jacqui’s Deli and Market
The lettering above the door at 231 E. Superior St., still says
“Romano’s Grocery,” but inside things morphed into Jacqui’s Deli and Market.
Owner Jacqui Bergson took over the corner spot, which serves a mix of the customary deli fare, both hot and cold: pastrami, Reuben sandwiches and tuna salad, all served on bread from Johnson’s Bakery. There also are homemade sauces for the sandwiches — like horseradish and cracked pepper mayo — and soups from scratch, including chicken noodle, chili and boiled dinner.
“I wanted to keep it small and simple with good food,” Bergson said.
Inside there are four tables with matching red tablecloths with white polka dots. There still are convenience items available, including food staples of cheese, eggs, bread from the Twig Bakery, toiletries and cat food. There also are knickknack crafts for sale.