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By Steve Salins

Gormans open Memories Deli and Hidden Treasures in downtown Ritzville


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Memories Deli and Hidden Treasures recently opened on Main Avenue, providing a new dining area in downtown Ritzville. The deli and store is manned by Scott and Lori Gorman, who previously owned Memories Diner.

Ritzville has gained what every small town needs: a deli where sandwiches make your mouth water.

Scott and Lori Gorman have opened Memories Deli and Hidden Treasures. The hidden treasures-type places are not uncommon in small towns all across the country, but a good deli ... now that's a treasure in itself. And the Gormans offer a variety of wraps, salads, and sandwiches using a wide variety of ingredients so as to satisfy the taste buds of anybody.

Their space is clean, spacious, simple and unique in that virtually everything is for sale. This is a place where you can order your food, browse the treasures, buy your table or chairs, eat your meal, and leave with the table you purchased-or any of other numerous items for sale. It means that the décor and furnishings of Memories will be changing as items are sold and replaced from the Gorman's storage of similar items. In addition to storage full of items to sell, they also browse estate sales to maintain an inventory of "old stuff."

Back to the salivary glands: the in-house deli menu includes a variety of house specials: wraps (caesar, chicken, chicken avocado, club, hawaiian and vegetarian) and salads (chef, chicken and chicken caesar). All meals include a fountain soda. Deli sandwiches are built from Wheat Montana breads (white, wheat, rye and pita). Sandwich meat choices include turkey, ham, chicken breast, crispy chicken, bacon and roast or corn beef (adds $1). An extensive choice of veggies, cheeses and sauces can add flavor and texture to satisfy individual taste.

Menu choices are $10.95. Kids 12 and under may order from a $6.95 menu (wrap, ½ salad, ½ deli sandwich or peanut butter & jelly) that includes choice of chips, apple sauce and juice, milk, or a 12 oz. soda. To maintain freshness of to-go items, pre-made wraps or sandwiches from the cooler will be half-priced in the last hour of the day.

For the last half-decade or so, Scott and Lori have owned Memories Diner a block south. They are pleased with their new space and change of venue; the economics and simplicity of a deli works well for them.

Memories' hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. six days a week. At this time, Monday is the closed day, though the closed day may change as they monitor demand for their deli and treasures segment. They are pleased to be located in the portion of Main Avenue that is designated as historical, and they hope to maintain a historical touch to both sides of their business and contribute to Main Avenue as a destination for tourists as well as a welcome place for the community.


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