We live in West Chester, but this is actually more our home than West Chester. - Julie Zins
Loveland, Oh. - A building constructed during the civil (1860’s) is given new life - again. Joe Schickel helped turn around Loveland’s Historic Downtown when he bought and restored the two story brick building with the door on the corner, in 1988. Now, he says, it is time to give it new life and he was tired of making repairs. Schickel was often seen painting around the building, or on the roof doing up-keep.
Julie and Robert Zins recently purchased the building that had in recent years carried their name, “Julian's Deli.” They are expanding the deli into the storefront where the Hospodar Insurance Agency was located, more than doubling the deli’s space. The deli is named in “honor” of Robert’s father. The address is the corner of 200 West Loveland Avenue and the Loveland Bike trail. There is seating inside, and in a tree shaded, outside courtyard, right on the Loveland Bike Trail. They are located at the courtyard of the Loveland clock.
Robert, said there will be a full service bar, expanded seating, and enough room for entertainment, both during the summer, and throughout the winter. The outdoor dinning area was expanded and improved last year, and Robert said he will try to get the original deli and the outdoor patio open again by the time the weather turns warm again. Last week during a brief one day of springlike temperature, you could see his impatience as potential customers, again flocked to Historic Downtown to walk and bicycle on the Loveland Bike Trail - and he wasn’t yet open.
“During the winter, we’ll be able to bring the music inside to keep it going year round, and we plan to have jazz music, maybe one day a week inside,” said Robert.
He said, even though the Hospodar space is undergoing major remodeling, that he can re-open the deli now and wait a few more weeks before the new space is ready for customers. Which, he thinks might be as soon as April.
They are restoring the original wood floors and exposing 150 year-old brick walls. Julie said, “Robert and I came down here with hammers a few weeks ago and he and I just hammered just to see what was under the plaster. We were very excited to see the original brick.”
Robert added, “It just adds a lot of character.”
Julie said their menu will be primarily the same deli theme, but with more appetizers and salads. Items like meat loaf and lasagna, which they offered only occasionally, will become everyday items; more warm foods will become a regular offering. She said, “More casseroles, and of course, our sauerkraut balls.”
“We are guessing the added space will seat about 80. We are just guessing right now, but 80 would be awesome.”
“I just see people walking in and it’s going to be so different. New colors. The bar will be focal point. It’s going to be totally different,” Julie said.
Robert said he is most excited that they will be open year round. “It’s very difficult if you can’t be open year around. And it’s going to have an awesome feel. The brick wall. The lighting fixtures. It’s going to have a really cozy and good feel.”
The Zins want to be partially open by April 1, but look for that patio to be open sooner, and they plan a “real grand opening celebration” in May. They are not calling it a “grand re-opening” because they never had a celebration when they initially came to Loveland in July of 2011. At the time, Robert said they had been keeping their eyes open for the perfect spot; a place “vibrant and alive” with lots of pedestrian traffic as well as lots of cars. They also thought that the best place would be in an older section of one of Cincinnati's beautiful neighborhoods. They discovered Historic Downtown Loveland as avid bicyclists.
Robert and Julie said the Schickel’s have been wonderful to them. Robert said, “Very supportive, and we are are so excited they gave us the opportunity to do this.”
Julie added, “It’s not just the Schickels, who have been very kind to us, but everyone in this area has been so supportive. We have so many people tell us they are so happy to see us here and to see the deli successful. It really makes us feel good.”
The deli has everything from a classic reuben on toasted rye with corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and thousand island dressing - to a veggie sandwich. They offer a variety of breads, baguettes, bagels, croissants, wraps etc., turkey, ham, roast beef, pastrami, salami, pepperoni, etc. They make their own tuna salad, egg salad, chicken salad, pasta salads, and potato salads.” And yes, Julie keeps mentioning, sauerkraut balls.
Downtown Loveland’s been our home,” added Julie. “We live in West Chester, but this is actually more our home than West Chester. The Works, Paxton’s, Tano’s, we all work together. We all borrow things from each other.”
“Can I have a cup of sugar,” Julie said laughing and only half joking.