GRAFTON, Mass. — Is Grafton ready for a sandwich that stands waist high?
The menu at the new Bushel 'N Peck Deli, which opened Monday where the old Branded Bear Deli once stood, boasts a 30-inch grinder that might be big enough to feed one adult-size Super Bowl fanatic.
The 47-year-old owner, Michael Bartosiewicz, said he is ready for the catering onslaught when hungry men and major sporting events collide.
"I studied accounting in college, but it wasn't for me," he said. Pastrami might run through his veins: Bartosiewicz started at a deli in high school and his father also worked in the restaurant business.
He worked at different delicatessens, then bought Bushel ‘N Peck eight years ago from his former boss. The new Grafton location is his third restaurant.
After 30 years in the business, Bartosiewicz said he knows how to feed Super Bowl partiers. Aside from the nearly 3-foot grinders, he predicts large orders of pizza, wings and his premade meals such as lasagna.
His chef, Michael Ashley, said he will offer a mix of standard fare such as a Friday fish fry but also some items not seen in the area, including fried macaroni and cheese, lobster corn chowder and a beef chili with his own secret seasonings.
The gluten-free choices were added to the menu after Bartosiewicz's wife was diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder. But he discovered that people without the disease sometimes prefer gluten-free food. “It’s a new craze,” he said. “People are doing it for health reasons.” Now Bartosiewicz offers it in his pizza dough, bread and marinara sauce, among other items.
The Bushel 'N Peck Deli is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is located at 8 Worcester St., Grafton, near the Common.