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Olive That Deli continues Franklin St. deli tradition in Manchester

By Jean Caspers-Simmet
simmet@agrinews.com

Date Modified: 02/05/2013 4:19 PM

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Olive That Deli

Location: 210 S. Franklin, Manchester, Iowa

Owners: Todd and Shelly Schrader

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Sub sandwiches range in price from $3.20 to $5.25 for a half and $5.60 to $8.70 for a whole sandwich. Smaller round sandwiches are $2.45 to $3.05.

Contact them at (563) 927-DELI (3354).

MANCHESTER, Iowa — When Todd and Shelly Schrader learned that Deli One, a longtime Manchester eatery, was going to close, they decided they needed to do something about it.

The couple, who also owns Thompson Shoes in Manchester, opened Olive That Deli on Dec. 7.

"We've never been involved in the restaurant business," Shelly said. "It's just a wing and a prayer."

They pretty much kept all Deli One's menu items and added a few more.

"The previous owner was here for 20 years and had a really nice business," Shelly said. "We've added a broccoli and cheese potato and are trying some different soups."

The couple changed the decor, painting and adding a bright new red, green, black and white sign.

They also changed the name.

"My nieces and nephews really love black olives," Shelly said. "When we get together, we always have olives, and they put them on their fingers. My cousin is in marketing, and we were throwing names around like Shelly's Deli, Franklin Deli and Deli by the River, but we kept coming back to olives. If you say Olive That Deli fast, it sounds like, 'I love that deli' or 'all of that deli,' so that's the significance of the name."

During the day Shelly and four other employees run the deli. At nights there are five high school students who rotate shifts.

The Schraders have four children. Danica is a junior at the University of Iowa so she's not too involved at present. Darris, a senior at West Delaware, Addison, a sophomore, and Blake, a freshman, all help out at the deli.

All the bread served in the deli is baked in house.

The menu includes 18 different sub sandwiches ranging from a simple vegetable and cheese to the hearty peppered ham, salami, turkey and roast beef. Customers choose from a list of toppings including veggies, olives, pickles and sweet and hot peppers. There are a variety of spreads as well.

For smaller appetites there are eight round sandwich choices. Soups, salads and wraps are also on the menu. A small drink and a bag of chips can be added to any sub or round sandwich for $1.89.

There are taco salads, nachos, hard and soft shell beef or chicken tacos and beef, bean, chicken or combination burritos. Baked potatoes with a variety of toppings are a popular menu item served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A kid's meal consists of a round sandwich, chips, cookie and small drink.

Dessert options are soft serve ice cream cones, sundaes, shakes and malts in a variety of flavors including crushed Oreos, Butterfingers and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

Shelly said they are thinking about extending their hours in the future. She expects ice cream demand will increase as the weather warms up. Riverfront Park and Gazebo, a good summer picnic spot on the Maquoketa River, is just across the street from the deli.

"The community has stepped forward, and we have had great success with them coming through our front doors," Shelly said. "It was nice that we were able to move into this type of a business, and it's been wonderful that the community has supported us like they have. If we didn't have the community supporting us, we would not be here."