The Dedham Transcript/Wicked Local
New Owners of Deli After Dark Ziad Griege, Nicholas Daaboul and Azis Naser
Since the news that the Deli After Dark had been sold was made public, there’s been much speculation as to the future of this longtime staple of Dedham Square.
But patrons can look forward to the familiar façade remaining largely unchanged, according to Ziad Greige, one of the three new owners of the much-beloved restaurant.
Greige, who also runs the 7-Eleven in Oakdale Square, his brother-in-law, and a friend passed papers on Thursday, Nov. 2, becoming the new owners. He said no major changes were planned, aside from more evening hours and a few tweaks to the menu, such as adding seafood dishes. The staff that has been working there will continue to do so, and Greige will continue to run the convenience store.
“Because everybody is staying there, it’s easier for me,” said Greige. “They know the system—they’ve been there for awhile.”
Matt Cawley, nephew of the now former owners of the Deli After Dark, said a Facebook post announcing the change had reached nearly 10,000 people, and many have asked as to what may happen with the new owners. Cawley opened Cutlets in Medfield a little over a year ago, and said he didn’t work at Deli After Dark much after that, though he stopped by now and then to check on it.
“I think people were concerned or intrigued by it,” he said. “Everyone’s been there for something.”
Cawley said business at the new location has done well, and he joked that he can now walk to work, as he lives in Medfield. When he first opened Cutlets, he tried to remain involved in both that and the Deli After Dark, but found it wasn’t feasible.
“At that point I had kind of known what I would end up doing [staying with Cutlets],” he said.
Deli After Dark opened approximately 60 years ago as a butcher shop run by Matt’s grandfather Ernie. Over the years it has undergone a lot of changes, becoming a deli, and later adding catering and prepared meals service and a restaurant. Cawley said nothing negative led to the change in ownership — rather, his two uncles decided to retire, and it was time for a change.
As to the future of Deli After Dark, Greige said one of the former owners would remain on for a few months to assist with the transition. This week some minor renovations to the interior were made. He plans to remain on-site in the afternoons and evenings for a few months, but will eventually hire a manager so he can focus on the convenience store.
“We’re keeping everything the same,” said Greige last Friday. “That’s the most important thing.”