Thursday, July 25, 2013
Dallas Cowboys’ favorite Coppell Deli moving into adjacent building
The new building will be a little larger with a 870 square foot patio.
COPPELL A deli which was a favorite hangout for many Dallas Cowboys, coaches and others for many years will soon be in a new home, adjacent to where it is located now.
Jay Khorrami, who has owned the famous Coppell Deli at 449 W. Bethel Road since 1989, said he expects ground will be broken in about three weeks for a new structure to be built on what is now the parking lot just east of the present building. The Coppell Deli will open in its new building sometime late next year.
“The new building will be a little larger, and will have an 870-square-foot patio,” Khorrami said.
The present building was first built in 1944, 69 years ago. It had served the then small town of Coppell and surrounding area as a grocery store until Khorrami bought it. The Coppell Deli will continue to be open at its present site while construction is under way, and will be torn down after the deli opens in the new building.
Khorrami said, when he first opened the deli, former Dallas Cowboy Nate Newton lived in a small two-bedroom house down the street from the deli. He often walked his dog in the area.
“I told him that if the Dallas Cowboys are serious about winning games and national championships, they need to start eating my food,” Khorrami said. Newton invited some of the Cowboys to come and eat at the deli. Within the next four years, the Cowboys started winning Super Bowls.
The Dallas Cowboys won Super Bowls in 1993, 1994 and 1996.
Khorrami said Cowboy coaches Jimmy Jones and Barry Switzer both spent a great deal of time in the deli when they were coaching America's team.
Troy Aikman often came to the deli to eat a sandwich and would sign autographs. Rookies would be sent to the deli to.pick up sandwiches for a Friday night meeting before the game.
Khorrami said one of those rookies was Jason Garrett, who at the time was a third string quarterback. Garrett later ascended to become head coach of the Cowboys.
The rookie usually picked up Stubbs sandwiches, named for former Dallas Cowboy, Danny Stubbs who liked those kinds of sandwiches. The sandwiches are composed generous amounts of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and cheese on Texas Toast. Sandwiches from the deli were also often served on airplane trips to games.
John Madden, a famous sports commentator, also enjoyed visits to the Coppell Deli and even talked about the deli on national television more than once.
Khorrami is aware that times are changing, but still expects the deli to continue to be a success. He said the Local Diner, which just relocated down the street, is not expected to affect his business, nor will the Cowboys moving to Frisco for training.
“They will still come through here on the way to the airport,” said Khorrami, who said he is seriously considering opening a Cowboy Deli in Frisco. He also owns the Deliman Grill on Denton Tap Road just south of the Highway 121 Tollway in Coppell.
The Coppell Deli is open from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Khorrami said it will stay open until 10 p.m. after it moves to its new location.
Khorrami himself was in the national spotlight from time to time between 2000 and 2005, as Deliman, with a program offering a comedy angle on sports.
“I talked about things like Troy Aikman's concussion and Jerry Jones' facelift,” Khorami said.
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