GC VILLAGE — South Rim visitors and residents will find an expanded menu, cafe-style seating and shorter lines this summer when an upgrade project is completed at Canyon View Marketplace.
The Grand Canyon Village store, operated by Delaware North Parks Services, had been pegged for deli improvements since November 2000. Bill Carey, who heads up the deli operation, said all equipment will be updated along with the renovation of floors and walls.
"The kitchen will be getting a total update," Carey said. "We’ll have all wood tables with chairs. And we’ll have a new menu with a fresh look."
The current deli has a limited menu with pre-made sandwiches and often has long lines, especially around lunch time. But the new deli will include a larger menu with made-to-order sandwiches and more stations and employees to handle the rush.
"We will expand the staff ... with one person at each station and cashiers at one end," Carey said. "Hopefully, it will make it flow better."
Self-serve beverage machines will be placed in the dining area.
The current tables with bolted-down chairs will be replaced with circular tables and chairs. The actual number of seats will stay the same, but Carey said the new setup will create more seating freedom for patrons.
The biggest change will be the menu. Carey, who has vast experience in the deli business and formerly worked at Kennedy Space Center, said the store kept locals in mind with certain items.
"We’re still keeping the local favorites," Carey said, mentioning green-chili burritos and chicken tacos. "But there will be a lot more choices."
Carey was excited about the bakery fresh sandwiches that will be offered, which includes his favorite, Tarragon Turkey.
There will be a soup of the day, several types of salads, pizza and calzones, daily hot food specials and fresh-baked lasagna. The menu will also include fresh-from-the-oven items like croissants and cookies, new ice cream selections and more beverage options.
The deli will be closing this coming Monday. Carey said the tentative reopening date is May 13.