After a contractual dispute shuttered its Cabin John location in April, Attman’s Deli has taken the New York deli experience to Potomac.
The classic restaurant and delicatessen opened at Park Potomac this month.
The restaurant started 105 years ago in Baltimore. It opened a second location in Cabin John in 2013, before closing in April after the landlord cut its lease short, Attman’s general manager Sam Lerner said at the time. The landlord, commercial real estate company Edens, did not respond to requests for comment.
Along with the original location on Lombard Street, Attman’s serves food at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, where the Baltimore Ravens play.
Patrons can choose from an array of recipes passed down from generations, including “Bubbie’s Matzo Ball Soup” and the restaurant’s popular corned beef and pastrami. The spot also offers a full-service delicatessen.
“It’s a very happy, comfortable place to be,” third-generation Attman’s owner Marc Attman said. “I think all the customers are treated with respect.”
The restaurant is unusual, Attman said, because everything is made to order.
The spot offers homemade mustard, brisket and hot dogs. Each sandwich order comes with chips and one of Attman’s many varieties of homemade pickles. And customers can choose an alcoholic drink, as well; Attman’s recently received a license to serve beer and wine.
Under normal conditions, the 4,000-square-foot indoor area can accommodate about 80 customers, while the outdoor patio can seat 35 more.
But the restaurant has spaced out the tables to comply with social distancing guidelines. It now offers about 40 seats indoors and 35 more in the outdoor area. Patrons also have access to a tented area across the street.
“We just thought it was time to get going, so we got ready and decided to open up,” Attman said, adding that he was “taking a chance that people wanted to sit outside.”
The restaurant offers curbside pickup and delivery. The deliveries all come from an Attman’s employee, Attman said; the deli’s food won’t be available through other delivery apps.
Additionally, the deli will disinfect tables between customers and provide patrons with free masks and gloves.
The deli will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. During those hours, people can have breakfast, lunch or dinner at any time of day.
Another popular service is the restaurant’s premade meals, which many people pick up for the holidays, Attman said.
“I always like to say at Attman’s, if there’s a problem, there’s never a problem,” Attman said. “If there’s anything special you need, you want it a certain way, that’s why we’re there and that’s why we’ve been in business for 105 years.”