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60 Years Later: Potato Salad Still A Favorite At Oradell's Schreiber's Deli

Craig Brenkert keeps business running with Mike Charalmbous at Schreiber's Deli in Oradell.
Craig Brenkert keeps business running with Mike Charalmbous at Schreiber's Deli in Oradell. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

ORADELL, N.J. — Craig Brenkert gets up at 3:30 every morning and makes his way from Midland Park to Oradell.

He doesn't return home until well after sunset, but doesn't seem to mind the long hours at Kinderkamack Road's Schreiber's Deli.

After all, Brenkert's got a more than 60-year legacy to maintain.

"The customers are awesome and the people here are friendly," said Brenkert, who purchased the deli, along with co-owner Ryan Charalmbous, eight years ago.

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One of Brenkert's high school buddies had been working at a deli.

After Brenkert joined his friend, he realized there wasn't anything else he wanted to do.

The competition has been difficult since Calabria Pizza and Diego's Taco Shop sprouted up in the neighborhood, Brenkert says.

But without hesitation, he said he knows what keeps his customers coming back: potato salad.

Schreiber's goes through 2,000 pounds of it from Friday to Monday of Memorial Day Weekend.

It's still among the most popular items now that the temperatures have dropped, along with chicken cutlet, macaroni salad and homemade meatballs.

Schreiber's Deli is located at 231 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell.

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