Donna’s Downtown Deli is a small business located in Peoria’s Twin Towers. It has been there for three decades now. On Tuesday morning, business owner, Donna Roth, earned a city proclamation for her legacy and for selling 1.5 million sandwiches.
“It’s quite an honor. I didn’t get here on my own, of course. I had dedicated staff, I had a lot of loyal and devoted customers that have come to see me over the years,” said Roth.
Donna’s downtown deli has been a lunch favorite for many who work or are visiting downtown Peoria.
“We like to make people feel like family here. We know their name, we pretty much know what they like to eat. When they come in, is kind of like coming into their own kitchen and getting a meal,” said Roth.
One of faithful customer is Stephen Morris, who said he gets lunch there multiple times a week. He loves the business so much he reached out to the Mayor’s office to get the proclamation.
“The people are friendly and they remember you. You walk in and they say ‘are you going to have egg salad again today or are you going to get soup?’. It’s a nice, homey, friendly vibe,” said Morris.
Mayor Jim Ardis said it’s important for local government to support a business like this one.
“It supports that mentality that we need to make sure we focus our spending in the community, to local business,” said Mayor Ardis.