Williamsport, Lycoming County (WBRE/WYOU-TV) It’s busy time of year. Decorating the house or tree, shopping for loved ones and preparing food for this weekend.
Businesses across the region have been packed with food orders, so much so, several had to stop taking them.
“Thanks for calling Tony’s Delicatessen. We are unable to take anymore orders over the phone.” That is a message you will get if you call Tony’s Delicatessen and Meats in Williamsport.
It’s not that they don’t want your businesses, it’s because, they;re too busy inside to answer the phone. They stopped taking calls on Monday. Alanna Snyder shows Eyewitness News a container filled with orders for Friday and Saturday. Just days before Christmas.
“Basically what you see hanging up over here is just tomorrow’s orders which is just for Thursday the 22nd of December,” said Snyder as she points to a board on the wall.
Even with nearly 50 employees everyone is busy. Some of the hot ticket items are meats and what Tonya Sallada is working on which is a platter. Sallada is preparing 10 meat trays a day to fill more than 100 orders.
“I get to create something for pretty for someone to look at,” said Sallada as she slices tomatoes.
While they can’t take anymore holiday reservations you can still drop in-person to pick out some kielbasa, ham and ribs from their deli. And for those with a sweet tooth.
Glenda Breon asks for “oatmeal chocolate chip, four of those please!” Breon came to pick up dozens of cookies for her usual Christmas Day dessert.
“It’s tradition. You come in here and it’s welcoming and it’s family and you feel good when you leave,” said Breon.
It’s a local family deli filling the menus for the holidays.
Tony’s Deli and meats have produced more than 2,500 holiday orders in just the past two weeks leading up to Christmas. They’re expecting even more between now and New Year’s Eve.