Annapolis’ most famous deli is under new management, though its outgoing longtime owner promises everything there will remain as is.
Ted Levitt, whose family has run Chick and Ruth’s Delly on Main Street in Annapolis for 52 years, announced on his personal Facebook page last night that he’s officially sold his eatery. He’s worked there since its inception, he wrote, but he and his wife, Beth, figured it was finally time for a change in their lifestyle.
“It has truly been living the American Dream running our family business and meeting all our friends over the years,” his post read. “We have enjoyed watching over 5 generations of families grow up.”
Now they’ll be retiring to spend some more time with their four children. Fortunately, he says his old-school hangout will remain unchanged. New owner and longtime customer Keith Jones plans to leave the sprawling menu untouched and keep “all the traditions and service the same,” Levitt wrote.
“He is a very talented man [and] has been a good customer of Chick and Ruth’s for years,” he said of Jones. “He wants to keep everything the same. If it works don’t fix it.”
Many know Chick and Ruth’s for its politically inspired sandwiches, including Gov. Larry Hogan’s duo of the “Hogan’s Hero” cheesesteak and the “Bipartisan” crab soup, made of Maryland crab and cream of crab, and Sen. Ben Cardin’s popular eponymous sandwich, a traditional Reuben.
The spot has served as a reliable eatery for politicians from up the road, midshipmen from the nearby Naval Academy, and locals and tourists alike for half a century. It’s also been featured on the Travel Channel, thanks to its absurd food challenges that drew an appearance from professional hungryman Adam Richman.
The deli’s namesake former owners, Chick and Ruth — Ted’s parents — bought the deli in 1955, and he worked for them since childhood, save for a few years when he as away earning degrees from the Culinary Institute of America and Florida International University.
Levitt wrote on Facebook that he and his wife will still be around. While she continues selling real estate, he’ll be building music boxes and working on antique car and model train restorations in his garage.
“Thanks for the friendship over the years,” he wrote, “and looking forward to seeing you soon.”
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