Name: 2 Sista’s Deli with a Twist
Owners: Sandra Kelley and Cynthia Halfacre
Location: 752 M.L. King Blvd.
Hours: Monday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Menu: Deli sandwiches, Philly steaks, hamburgers, soup, spaghetti, polish dogs, desserts and more
Prices: Entrees range from $4.99 to $7.99
Strategy: Kelley says the new restaurant hopes to attract downtown workers, UTC students and nearby residents with a menu of sandwiches and other entrees. The two sister owners have been lifelong cooks and prepare all of the food.
Background: Halfacre lost her job last year with Olan Mills where she had worked for 33 years when the headquarters complex closed after the company’s sale. Kelley had previously run a child-care center and was interested in opening a restaurant. “We decided we should go for it, and we’re having a lot of fun,” Kelley says. “Most of our business is takeout and, by the grace of God, so far we’re doing great.”
Size: Seating for 14 and carry-out business
Staff: Five employees
Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...