The history of grabbing a bite to eat at 957 Rivers St. in
Boone goes back many decades.
In the 1970s and 1980s, it was the site of Sollecito’s, an Italian restaurant where, if you were lucky, owner Mike Sollecito (Mr. S. to locals) would come by your table and favor you with a song. His favorite tunes were “Mack the Knife,” “Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town),” “New York, New York” and “That’s Amore.”
In the 1990s and 2000s, Mellow Mushroom continued the pizzeria tradition at the building, serving up subs and slices to students, visitors and locals alike. When Mellow Mushroom closed, Amalfi’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria filled the void.
Now, with the opening of Rivers Street Deli, pizza is still on the menu, but with the addition of many other items, such as soup, sandwiches and breakfast items.
Owners Dan and Amy Sheffey opened Rivers Street Deli last weekend, after an extensive remodeling of the building.
“We moved to Sugar Grove from the Virgin Islands three years ago,” Dan Sheffey said. “For 10 years in the Virgin Islands, we ran delis, the Grateful Deli and Deli Grotto.”
A year-and-a-half ago, the Sheffeys purchased the historic Cove Creek Store in Sugar Grove. They considered putting a deli inside the store but eventually decided the infrastructure of the building would not support a restaurant.
They began looking for a spot in Boone, and when the building at 957 Rivers Street became available, they jumped on it.
“We’ve been watching downtown Boone for a while, and we really love what’s going on here,” Sheffey said. “It really mirrors our past experience.”
According to Sheffey, Rivers Street Deli will serve breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. and lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Breakfast items include a variety of crepes, such as bananas Foster, salmon, bacon and mushroom and the Strawberry Fields.
Egg dishes include eggs Florentine, eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros and a veggie burrito. The deli also serves oatmeal, French toast and specialties, such as Sunshine Daydream (eggs, pepper jack cheese, lettuce tomato, sprouts and avocado on freshly baked bread or croissant) and the Kale Me Up (sautéed kale, swiss, provolone and eggs rolled in a spinach tortilla).
Skillet scrambles (three- or six-egg versions) include the Appalachian, Mexican, Greek and veggie.
Pizza is served by the slice from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and by the whole pizza from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Toppings include vine-ripened tomatoes, mozzarella, ham, pineapple, chicken, pepperoni, sausage, onions, meatballs, ham, artichokes, broccoli, sundried tomatoes, Parmesan, cheddar and gorgonzola.
The deli menu boasts a number of specialty pies, such as the chicken wing pizza, Mexican pie and barbecue chicken pizza.
Freshly prepared salads include chipotle chicken chopped salad, miso kale salad, Sheffey salad, Socrates’ Inspiration salad and Caesar salad.
Vegetarian offerings include Portobello reuben, veggie burger, marinated tofu sandwich, the California Dreamin’ (avocado, cream cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, sprouts and honey mustard on wheat bread), a hummus sandwich and a miso-marinated tempeh sandwich with marinated onions and roasted beets.
The sandwich menu includes the Rivers Street Deli take on many classics, with names such as Pink Cadillac (smoked turkey, cheddar, guacamole, salsa and cream cheese), Kosher Klub (grilled pastrami and corned beef with Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato on rye), New Yorker (corned beef, Swiss, green apple coleslaw and Russian dressing on rye) and Casey Jones (turkey, roast beef, havarti, thousand island dressing, lettuce, tomato, sprouts and avocado on wheat).
You can also build your own sandwich by selecting the deli’s wide range of meats, cheese, toppings and breads.
The deli also offers a number of panini grilled on fresh foccacia bread.
To drink, the deli offers freshly brewed coffee and tea, soft drinks, juice, beer and wine.
“We have hired about 20 people to work at the deli, many of them ASU students,” Sheffey said. “We have a stage on one side of the dining room, and once we get the restaurant running, we’re going to have live acoustic music. At the Grateful Deli in the Virgin Islands, we had a stage, and people could play for their food. We got some incredible musicians who were passing through play on that stage. Boone has got such a great feel to it and such great restaurants, like Melanie’s and Hob Nob (Farm) Café, I’m hoping we can find our niche like those places.”
The Rivers Street Deli is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, or to place an order, call (828) 386-6588.
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