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Old Style Deli reopens in downtown Elkhart after winter break

Janice Hayden is tanned, rested and ready.

She and Pam Knight are back at work at the Old Style Deli.

After taking a couple months off for a winter break, Hayden opened the deli in downtown Elkhart again on Wednesday, March 2.

“It was awesome,” Hayden said of the return, adding that there was a lot of hugging with customers.

Customers told her how they missed her, how they lost weight and joked they didn’t eat all winter.

Hayden said she’s not ready to retire, but wanted some time in Florida sunshine with family in order to rest. The break was even better than she hoped, she said. “I’m rested. I’d recommend it to anybody,” she said.

Knight worked part-time locally, but not in food service and said she appreciated the change.

Old Style was busy but not slammed on Wednesday, with mostly regulars stopping in, but she saw three new customers, she said. “There will be a bum rush tomorrow,” she added.

She’s planning a few new sandwiches for the spring and summer, as well as more breakfast specials. While closed, the old building at the corner of Main and Lexington got some needed repairs and cleaning, she noted.

Old Style has been serving lunch and breakfast for more than 30 years. She opened in the fall of 1983 and has become a big part of downtown Elkhart.

The deli is at 200 S. Main St. and is open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

Marshall V. King is food columnist for Flavor 574 and community editor for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at 574-296-5805,, and on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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