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Posted on Oct 13, 2018

New eatery brings on healthy bites in downtown Quincy

At least in one corner of town, no matter how old you are, you can have your salad days again.
That’s thanks to the Brick Deli, one of Quincy’s newest places to eat, near the corner of Central Avenue and B Street SE.
Harvey Cameron, co-owner of the eatery along with his wife, Diana, opened the place in late August wanting to give Quincy something it did not have: a restaurant with a full salad bar, Harvey said.
The forte of the place are its salads and sandwiches, Harvey said.
“We have a lot of healthy choices, protein smoothies, yogurt, gluten-free breads, stuff like that,” he said. The place also offers soup and will expand its menu to include pastas soon.

Harvey, Diana and Sheena Cameron are all smiles as they show off one of their eatery’s main attractions: the salad bar.
Photo by Sebastian Moraga/Post-Register

The restaurant is inside Quincy Swim & Gym, which is open 24 hours a day. That does not hurt one bit, Harvey said.
“I like the location,” he said.The name is a tribute to the history of Quincy. The building is one of three still standing in town that were built with bricks made in town as well.
“On the east side of the building, you can still see the brick. The quarry was where the football field is now,” Harvey said.
This is the couple’s first restaurant but not their first go-round in the noshing business. They also own Gotta Have Java, a few blocks away.
Running two businesses makes for some long hours sometimes, Harvey added, with a lot to learn. They did their homework, visiting other restaurants and talking to their owners to learn what it was like.
To Harvey, what makes the Brick Deli special is a combination of a friendly atmosphere and reasonable prices, along with fresh veggies in the salad bar every day.
The first two months have been a bit slower than expected, he said, but word-of-mouth is helping, with chicken panini and turkey club sandwiches among the big sellers.
The restaurant is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In a year’s time, Harvey said he wants to see the place busier, perhaps even selling beer.

By Sebastian Moraga,