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Attman’s Pushing For Late-June Opening In Potomac

by Aaron Kraut — June 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm 545 3 Comments

Attman's Deli, coming to Potomac's Cabin John Shopping MallThe second freestanding location of Baltimore’s storied Attman’s Delicatessen could be open by the end of June, its general manager says, as the 98-year-old business tries to succeed in an area that hasn’t been kind to delis of late.

Many predicted success for Norfolk Avenue’s Uptown Deli when it opened in November 2010. It closed last August “for renovations,” but soon it was revealed a new owner had sold the spot to the former Haandi Indian restaurant, which needed to relocate from Fairmont Avenue.

A former employee said the “New York Jewish” style eatery was losing money. Bubby’s, another Jewish style deli, opened around the corner at 4866 Cordell Ave in February 2011. It was short-lived, closing for good just six months later.

Attman’s could stand a better chance to succeed.

In Baltimore, the name is near-legendary. Mark Walsh, who’s heading up the Potomac operation, said there’s no doubt the deli’s history there translates to the D.C. area.

Walsh said a many people have relayed stories of going to the Baltimore Attman’s Deli. Over Memorial Day weekend Walsh and crew set up an all-beef hot dog cart outside the space at 7913 Tuckerman Lane in the Cabin John Shopping Center.

The Potomac location will bring some things the Baltimore store doesn’t. Like Celebrity Deli, it’s predecessor in Cabin John, there will be wait service in a back dining room for breakfast and dinner. Casual lunch customers will be able to order items at the counter up front.

Walsh called the location “a perfect fit.”

  • John Sheckman

    As a deli aficionado, I can tell you that comparing Attman’s to the Uptown Deli and Bubby’s is not fair — the food there was NOT GOOD. The biggest threat to Attman’s is the #cornedbeefking food truck, which makes the best corned beef in Montgomery County. If it can bring the same corned beef and pastrami it sells in Baltimore to Cabin John it will succeed. If the food is more like the two faux deli’s in Bethesda, it will fail.

  • Eric Cohen

    had a corned beef on rye and a mot ball soup. the cb was chewy and dry couldn’t even finish it. the soup wasnt great either, was not at all impressed with the food. the Baltimore location is much better and for the best cb and mot ball soup in town Brooklyn’s deli is still where to go.

  • da

    Overpriced soup salty bad service. Potatos that taste old that are served after sitting in a bin precooked. Insulting that every item is at least $3.00 more than Baltimore and other concerns I will speak directly to Mr. Walsh if possible because are serious

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