Almir Zalihic, owner of Monterey Deli for the last eight years, is leaving; he has sold his successful and popular local shop to a new owner. The deli has always been a friendly place to pick up a good sandwich, snack, or craft beer.
Almir has a few words for his Sunnyside neighbors:
“I would like to say thank you to all of the neighbors who supported us over the years. I enjoyed my time in the Sunnyside neighborhood, and I’ve made a lot of close friends. 2020 has been a wild year for everyone, and I felt like it was time for a change for me—especially since my wife and I are expecting a baby girl in March. I do plan to stay in the industry, currently I am working with the sales department of a wine and spirits distributor, so maybe one day the deli will be one of my accounts.”
Sunnyside Neighborhood Association wishes to thank Almir for his consistent support of SNA over the years. For each and every SNA quarterly meetings, Almir generously donated a platter of his excellent sandwiches, and big carafes of hot coffee and hot water for tea, as well as lunch-for-two gift certificates for the meeting raffles.
You will be missed, Almir. We wish you luck with the next chapter of your life!
Throughout the last covid-19 year, Almir has kept his shop open to serve the needs of Sunnyside neighbors and regulars, taking care to stock relevant supplies in the early days like toilet paper and disinfectant, as well as all the usual treats that many of us needed more of in these stressful times.
SNA President Ken Hollenbeck said:
“Monterey Deli wasn’t your standard corner store, as it provided a highly curated selection of beer, wine and snacks, and also had made-to-order fresh sandwiches, coffee and breakfast items.”
Paula Truong and her husband T.R. are the new owners of the deli, and are presently remodeling the store. They live nearby, and also own Red Planet Roastery in Oakland. As yet there is no definite re-opening date.
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