Lutticken’s deli transforms itself at 5 o’clock to offer new food, new look

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on August 2, 2011

Lutticken's remodel team

Where once there was one Lutticken’s, there are now two. The Menlo mainstay of 30 years is still offering the traditional deli menu during the day. But when the clock strikes 5:00 pm, Lutticken’s After 5 kicks in — and out come the small plates and wine glasses, to name just two of the new items on the evening-oriented menu.

A completely remodeled interior and exterior (still in progress) designed by Menlo Park resident Michael Black (right in photo) augments the new menu. The brain trust of Michael, Bob Lutticken (center) and building owner Gary Souza (left) conceived of the new concept and made it happen.

“Given the economy and changing tastes, the deli business was getting more difficult,” said Bob. “But I didn’t want to sell the business, I wanted to improve it. And my super landlord gave me a new lease!”

The new dinner menu features items to nosh including a variety of appetizers, pizza, four kinds of sliders, ribs and paninis as well as salads. The value priced wine — bottles range from $28 to $40 — feature California as well as a couple from New Zealand and Argentina. There is also a selection of boutique beers.

“Our goal was to complement the other restaurants on the Alameda, not duplicate what they offer,” said Bob.

The interior Michael designed features various seating areas, each sporting a slightly unique look, and therefore a slightly different dining experience.

While there is a TV, Bob is adamant that Lutticken’s After 5 is not a sports bar. “I want this to be a place you can bring your girl friend and have a quiet glass of wine. Or bring the family and feed them at a reasonable price. It’s a place people can walk or ride their bikes to — a friendly, relaxed place.”

Lutticken’s After 5 is open Monday through Saturday from 5:00 to 10:00 pm.

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