A new Italian-style deli called Casetta Kitchen and Counter is set to open downtown in February. Tommy Gering, 28, and James Juedes, 30, are longtime friends who grew up in the same Wausau neighborhood. Now both in the restaurant business, they plan to open a 40-seat casual spot in the former Bluephies Downtown Deli location at 222 W. Washington Ave.
"Our style (and) our concept is going to be Italian American deli," said Juedes. "But we're not going to be just Italian. We'll serve a wide variety of sandwiches, soups and salads." Gering and Juedes recently started demolition on the 1,500 square foot space, which will have limited wine retail and focus on take out orders. There will be limited dine-in space and heat-and-serve dinners, like lasagna.