Heather Rullan, of South Buffalo, serving up sandwiches at the new deli
The residents of the South Buffalo area on and around Seneca Street have a new option for quick, fresh deli sandwiches.
The Buzz Fresh Deli at the Buzz-N-Bee and Seneca Liquor has just opened up for business, adding sandwiches to its already long list of services.
“We’ve been establishing this plaza for thirty years,” said Greg Rellinger, who runs the store, which is owned by Joe Lombardo. “We own of liquor store next door, so we’ve been trying to put everything under one roof, a one-stop shop. You get a sandwich for yourself, go next door and get your liquor, come here to get beer and any necessities for a party atmosphere.”
The new deli only took four weeks to build, and there was not a huge amount of renovation involved. According to Rellinger, they only had to put up a couple of walls and update the sinks in the back of the store so that they were up to health code standards.
The idea to add a deli, according to Rellinger, has been in the making for a long time, not only to they sell sandwiches, but also meats and cheeses can be sliced to order and take home.
“We had some competition come into the neighborhood,” he said. “They took a little away from the grocery side of our business which is what we made our name on for thirty years, but as a chain they were selling things a little cheaper. We decided to keep going and make something a little more innovative.”
The deli is expected to really pick up once sports season begins, catering to Sunday football parties and other similar home events.
“Football games, hockey games, we’ll be here,” Rellinger said. “You’re roaming right into school season after the fair, now all of a sudden you have sandwiches to make for kids’ lunches.
“Then you’re folding right into football season so we’ll have beer and sandwich specials for Sundays. We’ll have party subs and we’ll also probably do some party platters. During the holidays we’ll have deli meat and cheese platters for parties.”
Since the Fresh Buzz deli is so new, there store isn’t completely done preparing for the official Grand Opening on Aug. 9. They still expect to hang deli signs and come up with a sandwich menu.
Despite the deli being the big new attraction, Rellinger says the store will still maintain it’s self-serve atmosphere. They have a self-serve bakery and a self-serve coffee station and also a new fountain area with an iced coffee machine.
“We’ve been involved in fast food for the past 20 years, we’ve done some baked goods, pre-made sandwiches, but everything kind of hand a ceiling to it. We’re just trying to pull it all together, we are opened 24 hours a day and the deli will be open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.”
Once they get the ball rolling, the Buzz Fresh Deli will expand from only serving cold meats and sides like pasta and macaroni salad to including panini’s and other hot sandwiches to their menu. Rellinger says in the next few months he’d like to purchase a unit that would heat subs up and cook meat.
“Right now this is good enough,” Rellinger said of the deli. “It’s been a project of wanting to do it over the years and it’s finally come to be. Hopefully we’re done with the remodeling for now. We’re hoping to take neighborhood by storm.”