ROXBURY, NJ – Kenvil Deli and Market has new owners: A brother and sister who might be familiar faces to many Roxbury residents.
Siblings Carol Mulhearn and Carmine Todaro, who opened the deli March 16, ran the former Chappy’s Pizza in Kenvil from 1988 to 2008.
Todaro has lived in Roxbury for about three decades and Mulhearn is a longtime Hopatcong resident.
The duo, which also owns Kinnelon Pizza, have been in the food business together for most of their lives. They’re excited about taking over Kenvil Deli and Market and have big plans for the business.
The siblings said they are especially happy about again interacting with the friendly folks of Roxbury. “We love it here,” Mulhearn said. “We love the people.”
Mulhearn and Todaro acknowledge they picked a tough time to launch their new venture, given the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
Traffic on the highway is reduced, and people – complying with the governor’s stay-at-home requests – might not know the deli is open and under new ownership.
But Mulhearn and Todaro are doing all they can to satisfy customers. Along with offering take-out and curbside pickup, they’re delivering food to those who give a call (973-584-7468).
In fact, bringing food to customers is in the siblings’ DNA. They were pioneers of pizza delivery back when they owned Chappy’s, a place known for great home-made Italian food and for a fleet of decorated trucks that buzzed around the area making deliveries.
“It was a time when deliveries were just starting to get popular and we had purchased these little Toyota pickup trucks,” recalled Mulhearn. “We had pizza men - and our name - painted on them and hot boxes in the back. It was a great time to be in business.”
Mulhearn said she’s looking forward to offering daily specials at the deli, something popular with customers, along with expanding the menu to include some one-of-a-kind specialties.
She said she’s known for her meatballs – among several recipes passed down from her mother and grandmother – as well as her homemade soups.
Kenvil Deli and Market is currently open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mulhearn and Todaro plan to extend the hours when the coronavirus lockdowns are relaxed and life gets back to normal.
The deli is at 708 Route 46 next to the Kenvil Post Office. If the front lot is full, there is plenty of parking behind the establishment, accessible off Ballantine Street.