Deli Chic

Mey & Co
Words By Brian Shuff
Photos By Erin Little

Project Location:

Portland

Designer:

Mey & co.

General Contractor:

Barrett Made

Branding:

Family Bros

Ramona’s sandwich shop (located in Portland’s hip Inner Washington neighborhood) nails the old-school deli look. The nostalgic motif, however, gets a subtle yet significant update. Notice the customcut tambour finishing the counter. “On one side of the room, it’s paint grade and off-white, and on the other side it’s stained,” says owner-designer Carrie Dessertine. “It’s a unique profile for a tambour.” Contemporary stools line a counter inlaid with laminate place mats, and ample shelving provides display space for a range of products whose colorful labels not only entice customers but also play a role in establishing the spot’s mise-en-scène.  

Cues from old-school Philadelphia inspired the Ramona’s sandwich shop look. Custom-cut camphor paneling lines the wall behind a countertop embedded with laminate place mats.