Friday, March 12, 2021

Business Spotlight: Barnhouse Deli

In business, there’s something genuine about making people happy and giving them their money’s worth and that’s exactly the mission of the Barnhouse Deli in Windham.

Opening shortly before Christmas next to Gilbert’s Chowder House at 61 Tandberg Trail, word of mouth has spread through the community quickly about their incredible handcrafted specialty sandwiches featuring generous portions that Barnhouse Deli offers to anyone with a serious appetite and a hankering for Boston- and New York-types of deli food.

According to Sarah Curtis, Barnhouse Deli Manager, business continues to grow as more people find out they are there and open for business.

“I hear it all the time from everyone that this is a place and something that Windham has needed for some time,” Curtis said. “It offers an alternative to fast food restaurants and what we do here is very simple. We offer homemade delicious sandwiches made the old-fashioned way with quality Boars Head meats and cheeses and we pay attention to detail.”

Barnhouse Deli sells eight different customized sandwiches or patrons can branch out and have one built for them according to their own specifications and wishes. They use thick cut sourdough, wheat, rye, crusty baguette, gluten-free and croissant breads and they also make fantastic wraps too. And every sandwich comes with a pickle hailing from Waldoboro in Maine.

Each sandwich that Barnhouse Deli sells is immense in size and is a creative work of art all on its own.    

“One of the best things about what I do is that I not only make sandwiches that are great to eat, but they’re beautiful to look at too. The creative aspect of making these sandwiches is very satisfying to me.”

The most popular sandwich since Barnhouse opened is the “Jumpin’ Jim,” which consists of layers of roast beef, ham, turkey, lettuce and mayo on sourdough bread.

Curtis says that Barnhouse Deli employs a staff of three and its sandwiches are priced competitively and are high-quality meals with an emphasis on nothing but the freshest of ingredients. Each sandwich is enhanced with condiments from around the state. Customers can purchase and take home many of these condiments, along with an assortment of homemade baked goods, whoopie pies, potato salad, fine wines, essential herbs, healing salves, creams and salts.

Customers will find Barnhouse Deli to be an awesome local source for quality meats, cheeses, and fresh salads, including chicken salad, egg salad and tuna salad, to take home and create your own sandwiches. Veggie sandwiches are popular menu items and gluten-free selections are also available.   

The Barnhouse Deli is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday with plans to expand day and hours and create an outdoor seating area during the summer.

Affiliated with Gilbert’s Chowder House, Barnhouse Deli is constantly adding to its menu and inventory, Curtis said.

“As the manager of the Barnhouse Deli, I’ve been part of the Windham restaurant community for a number of years as the proud former owner of the StoneDog Café,” Curtis said. “Jim Gilbert has owned and operated Gilbert’s Chowder House in Windham and in Portland for many years along with several other restaurant endeavors.”

She said that to be successful and draw customers back again and again to the Barnhouse Deli, the business needs to deliver three things.

“First, we have to be consistent and always sell a great sandwich,” Curtis said. “Second, we must always maintain the highest quality products and lastly, we have to enjoy meeting people in this line of work.”

By serving up tasty food with large portions, friendly and welcoming staff and a warm and cordial atmosphere, Barnhouse Deli intends to appeal to almost everyone and earn customer business.

“Everyone that comes is here is treated like members of our own family,” Curtis said. “The response we’ve received so far from the community has been simply fantastic and we hope to continue to earn the public’s trust as a great place to visit and enjoy a sandwich from.”       

To learn more about Barnhouse Deli, visit them on Facebook at

To order ahead for pick-up, call 207-893-3451. <                                                                                                                                                     

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