Sikorski's Deli & Fish Market will more than double in size in early November. The Ulmerton Road market will also occupy an adjacent storefront.
The popular space for smoked foods and Polish and German meats and grocery products will soon offer Russian, Ukranian, Hungarian and Czecholslovakian grocery products, as well, said owner Richard Sikorski.
When Sikorski and his wife Eva closed their restaurant, Baltic Amber, this summer, Sikorski knew he still wanted a place where people could sit and eat food. The location on Clearwater-Largo Road just did not get enough traffic, Sikorski said.
Shortly after Sikorski moved to the deli's Ulmerton Road location in March, he began looking into expanding the operation into the vacant bar next door. The former Route 688 Diner offers about 2,400 square feet of space. Sikorski plans to cut a hole in the wall between the two spaces to allow access between the storefronts, he said.
The new eating space will not be a restaurant but a place where customers can enjoy food they have purchased. The new area will also have a bar where beer and wine will be served. There will be several aisles of grocery items, too, Sikorski said.
The smoked fish spread, made on the premise, is still the deli's specialty. The specialty smoked food includes Mahi mahi, sword fish, sausage and more.