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Compact Bites: Murray’s Deli changes ownership, adds wood-fired brick-oven pizzas to menu

Murray’s Deli just lately transformed ownership, but the new homeowners Betsy Wells, Neil Dufford and Scott Dufford want Midlanders to know they can assume the exact good provider and foods with some advancements. The cafe was set up in 1984, and they acquired the cafe in September of 2020. Wells said she experienced read a rumor that Murray’s Deli was closing. She identified as the restaurant and asked the operator if that was correct, and he stated they weren’t looking to near but would be open to marketing.

“Immediately, I referred to as my business enterprise companions Neil and Scott and asked would they be fascinated in carrying out this,” Wells said. “Because we’re not actually restaurant folks, or at the very least have not been, we made the decision to search at the figures to see if it would make sense for us.”

As well as remaining business enterprise companions, Wells, Neil and Scott are also relatives. Scott is Neil’s and Wells’ father. They have been oil and gas partners for the earlier 5 to six yr. Wells is a petroleum engineer, Neil is a landman, and Scott is a geologist. Scott is initially from Ohio but Wells and Neil had been born and raised in Midland.

“I assume we’re privileged to get a restaurant that Midlanders supported — even through the pandemic — and have supported it via all of 2020,” Neil claimed.

Neil claimed curbside pickup — that the former entrepreneurs had started off —  has been a significant element of the enterprise. Prospects can get via the application Murray’s Deli and Restaurant designed by Chownow or shipping solutions like Texas ToGo, Favor and DoorDash.

“The past entrepreneurs genuinely did a lot initially when the pandemic begun to make guaranteed that men and women had been safe in this article and it’s like a spouse and children in the kitchen and among the the staff members,” Wells said. “The previous operator built positive that their work have been secure and we’ve been in a position to retain all of the employees.”

They have saved the current menu the identical even though retaining all the workers that was operating there when ownership transformed. Even though seeking to retain Murray’s Deli the same with the very same atmosphere, menu and terrific provider, the Duffords and Wells also have a vision for the cafe. The trio have already made a again patio which will have shaded seating created for the summer.

“We have a spectrum of menu products,” Wells said. “If an individual would like to take in a burger or a yummy sandwich, they can do that or if they want a salad which is offered. We now have a kid’s menu which was one particular of the principal issues given that we have children. I consider that was one thing Murray’s was missing.”

Neil added that they can not overlook about the curly fries.

“We are heading by a new rebranding approach, and in our new emblem, we say, ‘Eat much more curly fries,’” he said. “They really are the greatest issue.”

Murray’s Deli will soon be introducing to the menu with wooden-fired brick-oven pizzas. The rollout for the pizza menu will be Feb. 4. Scott has been producing wood-fired brick-oven pizzas for 10 several years at dwelling. The pizza menu will aspect 13 specialty pizzas and customers can also construct their very own pizza.

“The Dufford Traditional is essentially a compilation of all of our most loved pizzas,” Neil explained. “It starts with a common margherita (which is also on the menu) and we insert some spice to it with Italian sausage.”

We make the frequent pizza dough and all the sauces, Wells reported. The menu will even have the selection for cauliflower crust. Pizza will be supplied on Thursday evening, Friday evening and Saturdays to start off with, she explained.

Wells explained they have also current the restrooms — with exciting flamingo and swan wallpaper — and they will be painting the walls of the restaurant and rearranging some artwork though holding most of it. She said they are also wanting at hosting exclusive gatherings on Saturday evenings when the pandemic finally ends. Very long phrase, Wells mentioned they constantly considered a downtown locale would be pleasurable or at minimum a next site in the place. That is a means off, but she explained they are open up to looking at expanding.

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