Downtown diners get deli option

The decision to open a deli in downtown Bellefontaine was no easy decision for Tonya Williams and her family.


ABOVE: Rosie Pence spreads guacamole on a sub as Scott Williams stays busy in the kitchen of the new deli. FRONT PAGE PHOTO:  Tonya Williams greets customers Thursday at the new Tonya’s Main Street Deli that opened this week inside the Main Street Marketplace, 130 S. Main St. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

She and her husband Scott owned and operated Tonya’s Main Street Deli on Main Street in downtown Urbana for the past four years but complicated property issues forced her to close the business in recent months.

So when she was approached about the idea of reopening in the rear of the Main Street Marketplace, 130 S. Main St., Bellefontaine, the prospect was promising but she was somewhat apprehensive about the idea of relocating to a new city.

“I’m an Urbana native. That’s why it was so hard for me to move here. In Urbana, I would know everyone who walked through the door,” Ms. Williams said noting that her regulars consisted of the local courthouse staff and lawyers, law enforcement officials and other downtown professionals.

“They were all very sad the day I closed.”

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