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Favorite Local Deli Makes Its Move

McDowell's favorite sandwich shop, Holly's Deli & Desserts, is making its big move this weekend to its new location (the old Fatz Cafe building) offering expanded seating, brand new recipes, full bar, and evening hours. 

Owners Jennifer and Jon Hartman have dreamed about expanding their deli to a full-service restaurant for quite a while and have been working hard for months preparing the space to welcome loyal customers with the same great service and products that have garnered top awards each year. 

"We’ve spent the last 6 months cleaning, remodeling & planning a very exciting new and expanded menu that we cannot wait to introduce to you," said Jennifer. "Our vision for this project is to provide a larger space to meet the needs of our community where you can enjoy some of the same quality food you have grown to love at Holly’s, but also be able to serve many more options, such as a variety of steaks, seafood, pasta and more with a full-service restaurant & bar."

To facilitate the transition, the couple closed down Holly's Deli on Saturday, August 22, 2020, and will reopen in the new beautifully designed location on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Making such a big move during a pandemic has not come without its snags, she said.  The restaurant, under the new moniker J. Hartman's, will open on Tuesday serving the traditional Holly's Deli menu only. Shipping issues caused by Covid-19 has delayed the delivery of needed equipment to roll out their dinner menu. However, guests can get a sneak peek at the new menu.

The new space has plenty of room for guests and now large parties can even book a private room. "We’ve created an environment that visually reflects some of the many aspects we love about living in our community and western North Carolina."  Jennifer and Jon's love of the area and their community can be found in the fun decor and the astute attention to detail in providing a new fine-dining, family-friendly option for McDowell. 

The larger space also required more staff to provide the very best service. Creating jobs was important to the Hartmans because they understand, especially now, that people need to have the opportunity to work. 

"We love that we are able to create more jobs for McDowell," said Jennifer. "The good news is we have much more space for customers to spread out and social distance while still enjoying some of their favorite deli items our customers have grown to love". 

They anticipate a full-scale opening in a few weeks and details will be published prior to the change. Jon and Jennifer are excited to welcome guests into their new dining space and welcome everyone to stop by and grab lunch, take a look around, have a drink, and just say hello! 

Hours will be Monday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Once the new equipment is in, the hours will be announced and published. J. Harman's is located at 390 U.S West Hwy. 70.  They can be reached at 828.652.3354. 

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