A new day for Ames Deli Mart | SierraSun.com

A new day for Ames Deli Mart

Photo by Court Leve/Sierra Sun Don Geresi buys a few household items from Steve and Christal Ames. Geresi was the first customer some 25 years ago and is now the last.

When the barbecue fires up today at Ames Deli Mart in Tahoe Donner, a new face will be wielding the spatula.After 25 years of ownership, Steve and Christal Ames say they are looking forward to a change of pace. The Truckee couple recently sold their business to Claudia Tatum, owner of Pipers Patisserie and Jordans Tea Room & Cafe in downtown Truckee.Tatums son-in-law, and longtime Ames customer, Dave Orebaugh, will now manage the deli.Ive been a customer since the deli [opened]. My father was a contractor, so we would eat lunch there, and in high school I would go up there to buy candy and loiter, Orebaugh said. We dont want to change anything that [the Ameses] have put so much work into making. When the Ames family put their business on the market, they had no idea that it would sell so fast, Christal Ames said, and the quick transition has been a bit hard to swallow.Weve been here for 25 years since college and we havent closed one day not Christmas, not Thanksgiving. Its mixed feelings. Our kids used to roll around this store in their walkers. Theyve worked here since they could count. Weve seen our customers kids grow up; its very sentimental.But not too much is expected to change, according to Orebaugh. New hardwood floors, perhaps some new paint, a few hot items brought up the hill from Pipers, but come lunch time the atmosphere will be just about the same.Im excited about being a part of the Tahoe Donner community, to keep what Steve has built, and to cater to all, Orebaugh said.The deli will be closed while the interior is remodeled, though the parking lot barbecue will remain lit for lunch. The new Ames Deli Mart is scheduled to open fully during the last week of June.

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