The R & M Hoagie Shop in downtown Canton celebrated its 42nd anniversary on Thursday, with cake and a commemorative T-shirt, as long-time customers and fans of the popular sandwich shop crowded in to celebrate the day.
The R & M Hoagie Shop has been in downtown Canton since Lou and Helen DeLuca opened in 1972. Now, it’s owned and run by brother and sister team Mike and Donna DeLuca.
The Hoagie Shop, as it is locally known, underwent a renovation this winter and is now spruced up with historic photos and memorabilia to blend the past and present.
“This starts our 43rd year in business,” Mike DeLuca said. “With the whole renovation, I’m trying to tell the history of downtown Canton.”
The shop was remodeled, or more accurately, “de-modeled,” Mike DeLuca said.
With the help of family, some old friends and nine days of hard work, Mike DeLuca said he was able to restore the original hardwood floor, strip back sheetrock to reveal brick walls and open up the skylights that had been covered by a drop ceiling for nearly 40 years.
Pulling from his 25-year collection of historic photos, Mike DeLuca selected his favorite black and white images from Canton’s past and customized the restaurant’s front counter.
Along with dozens of historic images, Mike DeLuca has tables that came from Key’s Jewelry in 1954, and stools from Grist Lander’s Drug Store, where Mike DeLuca said he “hung out in grammar school.”
The owners of the four-decade-old shop on West Main Street said business is up and customers are enjoying the new look.
Mike DeLuca said the customers keep coming back because of R & M’s friendly service and fresh, real food.
“We really stay in touch with our customers. They really are our friends,” he said. “And we make everything fresh here. We’ve always done it that way.”
The Hoagie Shop is located at 117 W Main St. in Canton and is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.