UPDATE– Sadly The Stand did not make it. It has closed after only two months in business
New version of a Willow Grove Rd. tradition
BY DYLAN SKRILOFF
July 2013. That’s the month that thanks to Robert Fox and sisters Jamie Lynn and Lisa Rose the location is once again open for business and bearing its original name “The Stand.”
More recently it had been named Mountain Deli, but “all the locals know it as The Stand,” Jamie Lynn Rose explained.
The three owners are all Willow Grove Rd. neighborhood locals and have committed to resurrecting the storefront that was part of their childhood and once integral to the community as a whole.
“My Grandpa Ken Rose did a lot of business at Action Metal next door. We’re locals and my grandpa loved this place,” Jamie Lynn said.
Her significant other Robert Fox said the couple recently moved back to Stony Point after living in North Carolina for a few years and upon their return home sat down to think about work options. Ultimately, running the deli struck the couple as a great idea. “We remember what it was and it will be a long process, but we want to make it what it was,” Fox said.
Pizza, deli meats and sandwiches, breakfast, grandma’s homemade meatballs and beverages including iced teas are currently being served at the location.
Long ago it was known for its ice cream and the owners hope to offer soft serve in the future. [update — The Stand now serves vanilla and chocolate soft serve] They also expect to receive their alcohol license shortly.
Don’t forget, as the deli is nary a mile from the entrance to Harriman State Park, “live bait” is also on the menu. Not for humans, of course, but for fish. The location figures to be a hot spot for park travelers and anglers.
Keeping with the local and family theme, the Rose sisters brought in their brother Alex as a staff hand and neighbor Dave Warren painted the storefront’s sign.
Customers were plentiful last Saturday. Danielle Brooks and her son Hunter Brooks have been regulars at the location, with mom often coming two times a day for iced tea. Hunter, who is in his teens, said, “It makes it a lot easier having a deli in the area. All my friends like it.”
The Stand looks to be yet another tasty deli in the Stony Point area. The storefront is technically a few feet outside the Stony Point border in the Town of Haverstraw. Across the street, less than a stone’s throw away, is Stony Point town territory.