After 37 years as a family physician in Tampa, David Lubin retired.
Two years later he purchased Swann Ave. Market and Deli and rejoined the workforce "out of boredom."
"I knew about it, but hadn't really been," Lubin said. "Then I tried the sandwiches," he added with a smile.
Though his only restaurant experience was as a part owner of Newk's, he was excited about the challenge.
"It's like nothing I've ever done before," Lubin said. "But when I do something, I want to do it right."
Fresh, made-to-order sandwiches by Chef Michael Swords, who previously worked for Bern's Steak House, feature a choice of ahi tuna, cracked peppermill turkey, gouda cheese, a mushroom sauce and a variety of other specialities.
The chefs at the deli counter also make breakfast sandwiches in the morning.
While the menu remains the same from the previous owner — with future hopes of adding a "Lubin Reuben" — Lubin redid the floor, resurfaced the parking lot, slabbed on a fresh coat of paint, rebuilt the wine collection, ordered more craft beer and added Chocolates by Michelle, which is based out of Carrollwood.
"I make it a point to meet and talk with customers," Lubin said. "I want people to feel like they're walking into their kitchens and grabbing a sandwich."
For the future, Lubin plans to have an organic garden in the back lot and work with getting students from the adjacent Wilson Middle School involved.
Swann Ave. Market and Deli is located at 1021 W Swann Ave. For more information, go to swannave.com.
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