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Napa Deli opens in Rossmoor Shopping Center

By Mike Wood

Staff writer

 

Tuesday, November 28 (10:15 a.m.): Napa Deli, the latest food option at Rossmoor Shopping Center, opened on Nov. 13. The 2,800-square-foot family-owned business offers a taste of the Napa Valley, in more ways than one.

Customers can try a Suisun Valley club sandwich, Yountville Pastrami panini or Healdsburg turkey wrap, among others. The deli offers coffee from Napa Valley Roasting Company, fresh-baked breads from Basque Bakery in Sonoma, and grab-and-go baked items from vendors from that region. Hot or cold sandwiches, wraps, salads and breakfast items, such as a Berryessa burrito or Clear Lake quesadilla, are made in the kitchen.

The Rossmoor location is owned by Kyle Barraza and his father, Dave. This is the second Napa Deli; the first opened in Fairfield in 2015. The family also operates a steakhouse, Mankas Grill, which opened in the Suisun Valley in 2020.

“I can breathe now,” Kyle Barraza said of the opening of the Rossmoor location, which saw several delays, many due to supply-chain issues. “Our electrical box to run this much electrical was on a six-month back order. There were a lot of factors, restaurant equipment, permits. … It was like one thing after another.”

The Napa Deli has a strong catering emphasis, with numerous platters offered, including family-size lasagna. While no orders are taken over the phone, they can be made by going to www.thenapadeli.com for take-out or catering, said Barraza, who honed his craft as an executive sous chef on a cruise line, among other places.

Napa Deli is located next to Crumbl Cookies and Mountain Mike’s Pizza, in a section of tastebud offerings that borders Tice Valley Boulevard, with El Jardin Taqueria, Yogurt Spot and Starbucks nearby. Starbucks opened in 2019; the others over the past year and a half.

Another shopping center newcomer, the Hangout, a Pleasant Hill-based breakfast/brunch restaurant, is expected to open in early 2024 at the site of the Rossmoor Diner, which closed in October after 35 years of business.

The Napa Deli opened with a soft launch, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. six days and closed Sundays. Barraza said he hopes to establish more permanent hours around the end of the year with a goal to be open seven days.

There is seating for 36 inside and 15 directly outside. It’s set up for grab-and-go or ordering at the counter, sitting down and relaxing. Word traveled fast that first day, thanks to buzz on the local Nextdoor app.

“Our first day we had this group of ladies come in, and we made one big table outside,” Barraza said. “There were probably 20 ladies out there having a luncheon. It was awesome.”

Barraza said he’s eager to get to know and become involved in the community. When the devastating Tubbs fire struck in 2017, Napa Deli’s first location closed for business for a week but made nearly 10,000 meals for first responders.

“It was just something that we had to do. We felt that was what we needed to do,” he said. “You take care of your community; your community takes care of you.”

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