Downtown is losing one of its more popular juice bars, while simultaneously gaining an East Coast-style sandwich shop. The new venture, called Mel’s Deli, is currently being built out inside the former Sustain Juicery at the corner of 6th Street and Harlem Place, and should be ready to debut sometime later this month.
The redone hoagie shop is the work of current Sustain Juicery owner Brian Lee and one Dylan O’Donoghue, the bar manager at Traxx who helped popularize a brunch pop-up on the Traxx patio last winter. They’ve also brought in chef Gavin Mills — who has been exceedingly busy of late, working at the former Cucina Rustica after consulting around town — to oversee the opening menu and handle the cheese and in-house charcuterie details.
Menu items are still coming together but expect Mel’s to be a casual deli space in the style of the Northeast U.S., where softer hoagie rolls and Italian cold cuts reign supreme. It’s a style not often seen in Los Angeles, though more straight up Italian delis are common. Can’t wait two more weeks for your sandwich fix? Luckily there are lots of fantastic options around town to enjoy.
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