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Another fast-casual restaurant is opening at The Block Northway in Ross.
The delicatessen chain, Jason’s Deli, is opening a 4,225-square-foot restaurant in the remodeled shopping complex on Sept. 11. Headquartered in Beaumont, Texas, the chain has 266 delis in 28 states and serves soups, salads and a range of sandwiches.
Calorie counts are mentioned beside each item on the menu. The deli added a number of vegetarian items in 2005 and eliminated trans fats the same year. In 2008, it got rid off fructose corn syrup from all menu items.
Soups include a fire-roasted tortilla for the gluten-sensitive, French onion for vegetarians and spicy seafood gumbo and chicken potpie, and prices range from $3.49 to $4.49 a cup.
In addition to a salad bar, which the chain introduced in 1980, salads are available in original and lighter portions and can be prepared without meat. So a Mesa chicken salad can be made simply with greens, tomatoes, avocado, roasted corn, black beans and a jalapeno ranch dressing. Ham and roasted turkey can be left out in The Big Chef and instead made with a combination of tomatoes, Kalamata olives, mixed greens and hard-boiled egg.
Sandwiches range from muffalettas made with ham and salami to specialty ones such as The Papa Joe, named after cofounder Joe Tortorice Jr. and made with turkey, tomatoes, pesto and Asiago cheese on an herb focaccia and the Shelley’s Deli Chick — a chicken salad with almonds and pineapple on a croissant. Classic deli favorites such as pastrami, corned beef, Rachel and Reuben also are featured. For a Texas touch, there’s the Deli Cowboy with brisket, onions, cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce built on French bread.
Antibiotic-free chicken nuggets breaded with cornmeal, hot dogs and PB&J sandwiches are some of the choices for children, and they are all served with seasonal fruit or chips or organic apple or carrots.
For a sweet finish, it features cranberry-walnut-oatmeal cookie, gluten-free snickerdoodle, strawberry shortcake and carrot. It also offers a free soft-serve for all customers, whether they dine in or order a takeout everyday.
Jason’s Deli, which also has a restaurant in Cranberry, opens two months after CoreLife Eatery opened at Block Northway.
Editor’s note: The sentence describing the chicken nuggets has been corrected and updated. An earlier version of the story mistakenly omitted the word “free.”