Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Two-Handed Cooking at Anger's Deli

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Two-Handed Cooking at Anger's Deli

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Since 1978, Angers Garden Deli (243 N. Lime Ave., Sarasota. 365- 2696; facebook.com/angersgardendeli) has been a Sarasota lunch hotspot, famed for its two-handed sandwiches and homemade lemonade. Today, the Minor family runs the operation and funnels the revenue into charitable overseas endeavors. The deli manager is Gen Lococo, and her Philly cheese steaks, French dips and meatball subs are consistent customer favorites.

Q:Tell me briefly about the deli's long history and how it became an institution.

A:The Angers brothers bought this then-pharmacy and turned it into a deli in 1978. They were from New England and wanted to bring that old world, northern delicatessen flavor to the south. They owned it for 31 years and it became a Sarasota institution. From 2009 to 2014, it changed ownership a couple of times. Our family (the Minors) grew up eating sandwiches at the deli. We never realized that, one day, we would own it. Our plan is to use the profits of the deli to sponsor children in developing countries. We want to provide schooling, clean water and shelter to children in the Dominican Republic, Mozambique, Africa and the Philippines.

Q:How has the deli managed to survive all these years in a region with so much restaurant turnover? What do you think the secret is?

A:Every ingredient is purchased daily and locally. It has been this way from the beginning and certainly is now. The Angers brothers were always very liberal with the amount of meat, and people have always felt that they got great value in the sandwiches. We have maintained that practice today. The product has stayed consistent and has changed very little since 1978. People like consistency, especially for lunch.

Q:What are two of your most signature, popular dishes?

A:Angers has been famous since 1978 for the two-handed sandwich, which uses bread slices that have been sliced from the length of the loaf, not the width. …

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