Treaders Deli, 1309 Main, will hold an grand opening from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. The deli is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. The number is 620-786-2337.
It is easy for Treaders Deli Manager Linn Hogg to sum up what the new Main Street eatery is all about.
Taking its name from the late Becker Tire owner Wayne Becker who donated the 1309 Main location, Treaders will hold its grand opening Thursday.
The ceremony will run from 5-8 p.m. with door prizes from Treaders and Becker Tire, and other activities. There will also be one child’s meal given away free with each purchased adult meal.
"It’s a deli with a family atmosphere," Hogg said. "It’s more than a meal, it’s a family outing."
Featuring a tire shop/car-repair garage motif, decorations range from old tires to signs to license plates. A bare brick wall and the original pressed-tin ceiling add to the charm.
The latest in the series of new businesses opened by the Great Bend MyTown Project, the deli’s menu offers a wide variety of unique and tasty cold and hot sandwiches, soups and salads. Chips, coleslaw and soft drink are also available.
In addition, there are assorted "snack attack" items available, such as mini pizzas, soft pretzels, nachos, chicken bites and chicken roll-ups.
But, its more than an eating establishment. There is a cozy conference room (ideal for small meetings and birthday parties), and a children’s play area. The soon-to-open MS Sweets will offer frozen treats and candies.
"It’s all about bringing to Great Bend what people want," Hogg said.
The deli offers half-price drinks from 3:30-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and hosts Coaches Corner with Great Bend High School Panther head football coach Bo Black at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. During the program, there are price specials for those wearing Panther gear.
One of the goals behind the MyTown effort was to, along with fill empty store fronts, create a lively, viable downtown for Great Bend, said MyTown General Manager Tina Mingenback. This would not only serve local residents, but also serve as a destination shopping and dining experience for tourists taking advantage of the natural attractions in the area.
"We want to make our town a jewel in the tourism trade," Mingenback said. At the same time, "we want to provide services everyone here can take advantage of."
In addition to Treaders, other businesses under the MyTown umbrella include Perks Coffee Shop, R.B. Tellers outlet store, Miss Pretty Pickles (a jewelry boutique), Renue Salon and Spa and Mainstream Boutique (a women’s clothing shop).