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Webster’s Deli under new ownership

Webster’s Deli in Renaissance | Farragut is under new ownership.

Farragut resident Sheila Ramirez Hargis is taking ownership of the Deli, and she says customers should not expect any major changes.

“We’re going to be doing more baking. We’re going to do cake … and wedding cake, a little bit more of pastries and desserts,” Hargis said.

“I want to have other choices, so people don’t say they have to go to Kroger to buy some kind of bread.

“Where I come from, I remember as a kid waking up to smell that bread coming out of the bakery, that people just smelled it and you would see a line of people waiting to get the bread.

“It was awesome,” she added.

Hargis said to expect her breads and cakes to be different: “In Florida, we have a different flavor.”

Hargis will co-own the restaurant with her mother, Mereyda Luna, a caterer from Florida.

“The concept of doing a restaurant has been coming forever,” Hargis, who has been an employee at Webster’s and at Seasons Café, said.

Hargis’ background isn’t in cooking, but broadcasting.

“I’ve learned to cook from my mom. … I started working for restaurants to learn a little bit more of the restaurant field and about what I would need,” she said.

“The opportunity to take over Webster’s came up and I decided to say, ‘Hey, this is my chance,’” she added.

In addition to more baked goods, Hargis said customers might expect she and Luna to “add on here and there,” but not to change the overall theme of the restaurant.

“It’s been here for a long time, and people know it this way, and I don’t want to change that,” Hargis said of the literary theme of the eatery.

“I love it the way it is,” she added.

“We’re going to add on here and there, little things, because we’re Latino, so we have a little flavor. We put a little spin on it,” she said with a laugh.

For example, Hargis said she already was trying new organic coffees from a local grower in Powell.

Hargis said her idea of a restaurant always had been a casual, coffee shop-type environment, where “people could just come in and sit down, read books, and be able to relax.”

Webster’s was a sister restaurant of Seasons, owned by Deron Little and Knick and Noah Myers.

Now, Hargis said with a laugh, the restaurants will be more like “cousins.”

Webster’s still will cater and offer its normal menu items, and will keep its patio seating.

“Everything is going to stay the same, not much will change,” Hargis said.

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