It was business as usual at the Northville Turnpike deli on Friday afternoon, where phone-in orders came in back to back, with deliveries heading out just as fast.
But amongst the afternoon rush, a new face could be seen running the show; Nadia Chiaramonte, the new owner of 4C’s Deli, which she affectionately named after her family of four.
Ms. Chiaramonte and her husband Anthony purchased the storefront — formerly CK’s Deli & Catering — last Monday, spending only one day cleaning up shop before opening for business the following day.
“We didn’t want to miss a beat with the customers,” said Mr. Chiaramonte, whose two sons, Anthony and Alex, will help with the family business. “It’s something she’s always wanted to do.”
It is not the first time the family had considered opening a deli in recent years, he said. The two helped run the Polish Town Corner Grocery on Pulaski Street, which Mr. Chiaramonte’s father Ben had owned for some 24 years.
“My oldest son Anthony grew up in that deli, sitting at the counter saying hi to everybody,” Ms. Chiaramonte said. “I have always loved the [deli] business. It is a nice, small town business; a neighborhood maker.”
Ms. Chiaramonte said an opportunity to own presented itself on Oct. 31, in form of a phone call. Within five minutes of receiving the news she said the decision was made to purchase the deli which was previously operated by Charlie Klein .
“It was spur of the moment,” she said. “This place has been a deli since 1954. We will see that it keeps going.”
4C’s Deli still offers all of the favorites sold by its former owner, and will bring new additions to its menu over time, Ms. Chiaramonte said.
One of those additions is an old Polish Town Corner Grocery favorite, Rapacki & Sons kielbasa, Mr. Chiaramonte said.
Over the next few weeks, the family will be cleaning, painting, and fixing up the spot, which is located on the corner of Elton Street.
“I think I’m home,” Ms. Chiaramonte said.