New Café, Deli Fills Lunch Delivery Niche

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If the "to do" list at work is just too long to eat lunch out, Nothin' Fancy Cafe and Deli now offers free delivery service, available with a phone call.

The restaurant at 438 S. Beeline Highway, next to Steve's AC Delco, opened in mid-August, serving breakfast and lunch, Monday through Saturday.

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Nothin' Fancy Cafe-N-Deli is a family operation. Owners Mari Roberts, seated left, and Stacy DePuma, standing right, have been friends for years and share a granddaughter. The servers, Erin Brown, standing left, and Missy Brady, seated right, are family members as well.

"People only need to call 20 minutes ahead of when they want lunch," said co-owner Stacy DePuma.

"We will have it to them within 30 minutes of the call," added co-owner Mari Roberts.

The women run the business with their family and have two people who just make the deliveries.

The café is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with breakfast served until 11 a.m.

Both DePuma and Roberts were familiar with Payson from years of vacationing in the area. They had talked about going into business together for quite some time. When they saw the ad in the newspaper to rent the restaurant site, along with equipment, they made a call to visit it.

"Seeing the patio sold me on it right away," said DePuma.

"For me it was the fact we can have ice cream," said Roberts.

So, opening Nothin' Fancy Cafe-N-Deli was both a planned venture and a leap of faith for DePuma and Roberts and neither want to go back to their old lives.

"The people are friendly and easygoing," DePuma said.

"If you need something they're always willing to help you out," said Roberts.

The women offer a wide variety of dishes for both breakfast and lunch and always try to have something healthy available for those with special needs.

They offer sugar-free ice cream and syrup, plus a honey substitute. They cut their deli meat fresh each day, just added a grilled chicken sandwich and will soon be adding house-smoked ribs and chicken to the menu. Soups will be added as well when the cooler weather sets in.

"We'll have three to choose from every day," DePuma said.

"And one will be vegetarian," added Roberts. "I'm a vegetarian, that's why we'll have a vegetarian soup."

In their free time, singles DePuma and Roberts like visiting other restaurants and meeting people. The family is also part of the Monday night bowling league.

They have both worked in the food and beverage industries for 10 years each and are looking forward to expanding the business in the future. They'd like more space, enough to have a sports bar -- which is Roberts' special dream -- and bring in more family to operate the business.

For more information or to place an order for a delivery, call (928) 474-4578.

-- To reach Teresa McQuerrey call 474-5251 ext. 113 or e-mail tmcquerrey@payson.com.

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