New signs up at the Uptown Market & Deli at 2400 West Main Street confirm that Jake Crocker’s newest should be opening to the public very soon.
Uptown Market and Deli will feature a deli counter that will offer “quality meat” for sandwiches and subs that will sell for, Crocker estimates, between $5 – $7. The business will also carry craft beer, local wine, and “basic convenience store items.” At midnight, when ABC laws require stores to cease alcohol sales, the deli will sell food through a window facing the street, a feature that, Crocker said, will evoke classic deli shops. During the warmer months, Uptown Market and Deli hopes to add to it’s planned produce section and offer a locally-sourced produce cart on the store’s sidewalk.
Initially conceived as a 24-hour deli, Crocker said the new business will be open most of the day: “Very early. Very late.” He predicts the deli will open between 6am-7am and will serve the early-morning crowd with a “high end espresso machine.” However, it’s during the later hours that Crocker predicts the deli will be most popular.
He plans to keep the space open until 3am-4am, “That’s when the neighborhood’s most active.” Crocker said that there is “a lot of demand for late night food” and “not just people from the bars.” Although he admits that some residents in the area have expressed reservations about a late night business opening in an already busy part of the Fan, Crocker said that the Richmond Police are on board. “They like the idea,” he said, going on to talk about how the Police have told him they anticipate the late night deli will deter crime. “We’re excited,” said Crocker.