Inside the new-and-improved City Deli in downtown Holland
HOLLAND — After more than four months operating out of a temporary location, City Delicatessen — known to locals as "City Deli" — has reopened in downtown Holland.
The popular downtown eatery first opened in 2010 at 52 E. Eighth St. and operated alongside Crust 54, which vacated the building in 2020. A new tenant, Estella Rose Fashion, will soon fill that space, and new building owners took the opportunity to renovate.
The project adds a partial third floor to the building, to be used as additional living space for residential units. Each two-story condo will have two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a home office, a kitchen and an outside living area with decks on the second and third floors. Each unit will also have a private garage.
As construction began, City Deli shifted to a slightly limited capacity in a rented kitchen at 1089 Washington Ave. Now, the deli is back home and ready to serve the local community during Tulip Time.
Dana Geurink owns the restaurant with her father, Harley Jongekrijg, and Maddie Tenbroeke. She said the restaurant reopened on April 29.
“The goal was to be open before Tulip Time,” Geurink said. “They worked really hard and they did it, so we are super happy and thankful and excited.”
Customers visiting the newly renovated store will notice a new look. There’s new flooring, the walls are decorated differently and the ceiling is higher. Geurink said customers will notice some additions to the menu as well.
“We added some things, like the Key West, which was a really popular (special),” Geurink said. “We added grain bowls, as well, which used to just be (specials) before. We'll continue to add more items as we get more time.”
While operating out of a temporary location had its challenges, Geurink said they were able to learn and adapt, and are ultimately thankful. Geurink said it was a mix of new customers and return customers who made it all possible.
“We just have to say thank you,” Geurink said. “Because it was different and we know it was inconvenient for some people … and we also didn’t have everything on our menu, so we just want to say thank you for the patience, flexibility and support during that time, because it really meant a lot and kept us going.