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Lucky’s Deli to open next spring in downtown Durham

Drew Brown, (center) former chef-owner at Piedmont in Durham, is opening a deli with chef Matt Kelly in downtown Durham.
Drew Brown, (center) former chef-owner at Piedmont in Durham, is opening a deli with chef Matt Kelly in downtown Durham. SHAWN ROCCO

Two well known Durham chefs are teaming up to open a new deli in downtown Durham.

Matt Kelly, who owns Mateo Tapas and Vin Rouge, is partnering with Drew Brown, former co-owner of Piedmont restaurant and staff chef at Firsthand Foods, to open Lucky’s Deli on West Chapel Hill Street.

Brown describes the project as a “delicatessen in a broader sense,” taking inspiration from both the Italian and Jewish deli traditions. The restaurant will be focused on sandwiches but also offer seasonal prepared salads and sides. They will make housemade pastrami and matzo ball soup, as well as roast beef, turkey and ham. They also will sell good-quality imported salamis and prosciuttos.

Brown said patrons can order a sandwich or choose three sides, like they do at Neomonde Deli in Raleigh. They also will offer catering and take-out dinners.

Lucky’s will be located at 105 W. Chapel Hill Street, two doors down from Mateo’s. It will share dining room space and bathrooms with Mothers & Sons Trattoria, an Italian restaurant that Kelly is opening in early spring 2016 with chef Josh DeCarolis.

Brown hopes that Lucky’s Deli will open early spring 2016.

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