Deli wars: Gandolfo’s deli closes in Meridian; Uncle Giuseppe’s starts offering free delivery

Gandolfos-New-York-Delicatessen_1I was asked yesterday if restaurants tend to close this time of year. It sure feels like it, doesn’t it?

In the past few days, I’ve written a (very) brief obit for the The Green Chile, not to mention a column about The Stagecoach Inn that commenters found “unfair” and “way off base.” (Huh?) Cazba is history at the end of January. And the venerable Oriental Express called it quits three weeks ago.

The latest casualty: Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen in Meridian. The company’s corporate office confirms that the location at 2020 E. Overland Road recently shut its doors. The Gandolfo’s in Boise closed in 2012. There’s now only one left in the Gem State — in Idaho Falls — although there’s still a location in Ontario, Ore.

Competition is fierce in the Boise area deli-verse. Uncle Giuseppe’s Italian & American Eatery at 6826 N. Glenwood St. recently began offering free delivery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It sounds like an attempt to counter the franchise barrage by Jimmy John’s, which moved in right across State Street.


Michael Deeds is the Idaho Statesman’s entertainment columnist and Scene magazine editor. His column runs Fridays and Sundays. He appears on the 6 p.m. broadcast of "Today's 6 News" on Thursdays and hosts a music show, "The Other Studio," from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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