Rhode Island is Buzzing About Authentic Jewish Deli Opening Soon
A Rhode Island restaurateur is bringing something fresh to Pawtucket and it promises two things – homemade food and high-quality.
After months of preparing the new space, Maven’s Delicatessen is just about ready to open its doors for the first time and offer authentic Jewish food to the community.
Meet the Owner of Maven’s
Jason Sugarman comes from a food-centric family. His father took over Johnny Rockets in 1986 when the founder passed away, and when Sugarman grew older, he became a franchisee. He’s also the owner and partner of Asia Grille, as well as the owner and franchisee of Pokéworks.
Sugarman’s family traveled a lot when he was young. Pair that with ADD and ADHD, young Jason had a busy mind, but he always seemed to find comfort in the busy delis with a comic book in one hand and a good sandwich in the other.
While his restaurant endeavors have been fulfilling, opening a Jewish deli has always been the dream for Sugarman. He reflected fondly on memories of his great-grandfather and visits to local sandwich shops, and as he got older, he got closer to his Jewish culture.
With his extensive background in food, Sugarman felt he had something big to offer to the deli scene.
“I felt like something was missing in the deli industry,” he said. “Some were known for their bread; some were known for their meats. Why is everything else not good? You have to uphold a standard.”
Sugarman’s respect for the Jewish culture, his love for family, and his passion for good food all blend perfectly within Maven’s Delicatessen.
What to Expect at Maven’s Delicatessen
Maven’s Deli is all about feel-good food, with close to 100% of the menu made in-house.
“We haven’t raised cows yet, we’re working on the cheese,” joked Sugarman.
All jokes aside, Maven’s menu is chock-full of authentic Jewish selections, from the Corned Beef Reuben to the Pastrami Sandwich. The meats are cured in-house and freshly sliced behind the counter. The breads are made in-house and the desserts are homemade, and Sugarman aims to keep a high standard for the products that leave his kitchen.
“You have to serve food with integrity and passion,” he said. “I hope people are excited, they embrace us, and they keep coming back.”
Sugarman aims to open the doors on Monday, November 27th. Visit Maven's online to stay up to date on opening day.
Keep scrolling to get a sneak peek of the new Maven’s Delicatessen at 727 East Avenue in Pawtucket.
First Look: Maven's Delicatessen to Bring Authentic Jewish Cuisine to Providence
Gallery Credit: Maddie Levine