Leader Blues

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

NEIGHBORS >> Boards and Bagels

Leader staff writer

IN SHORT: New Lonoke deli serves up meals, skateboards

The downtown Center Street storefront that once housed Flavours — a coffee and sandwich shop — has given way to
T & T Deli, with at least eight sandwiches, a variety of salads, fruit salads, breakfast sweets, soups or casseroles, coffee and latte.

Or, if you want, a skateboard.

Terry and Teresa Leslie opened the shop recently. Terry Leslie is a Lonoke patrolman.

“I opened Little Rock’s first New York-style deli, The Big Apple, in west Little Rock,” Teresa said one day while Terry oversaw the repositioning of the new sign, which reads “T & T Deli and Skateboards.

The skateboards are sold by David Leslie, a Lonoke ninth grader, who posed reluctantly with one of his favorites in the family shop.

Terry, previously a Little Rock police officer, has been on the Lonoke force for 18 months.

The Leslies say they opened the deli because there was a need for it.

While Flavours offered a very large variety of coffee and breakfast sweets, but a limited number of sandwiches.

T & T deli sandwiches include the club, poboy, chicken salad, a create-your-own, a BLT, vegetarian and bagel sandwiches.
Salad offerings include the chief’s special — comparable to the U.S. Pizza salad, they say, and fruit and chicken salad, fruit and cheese, fresh fruit cup, pasta or chicken salad.

Morning choices include bagels and cream cheese, biscuits and gravy, muffins and pastries.

Desserts include cheesecake, banana pudding and brownies.

They offer coffee, tea, soft drinks, cappuccino, latte, ice tea, fruit smoothie and iced latte.

Meat and cheese is available by the pound and breads by the package, according to the menu.

Open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, the Leslies offer a breakfast special of two biscuits, gravy and sausage or bacon for $1.50.