Anderson Dunlap has big plans for Inn-Between Deli.
Big plans beyond keeping a customer base four decades loyal to the tiny sandwich shop on Green Street.
As the new owner at Inn-Between, Dunlap, 30, recently took over what’s seen by many as a local institution run for 43 years by Wesley and Suzanne Gailey.
So far, he said, it’s going great.
It’s going so well, in fact, that already there’s talk of expansion.
“We’re talking about some more locations for Inn-Between, maybe franchise options,” Dunlap said, adding that he’s examining Athens as a possibility for another location. “People head down to Athens on Saturdays, and they’ll stop in and grab a big box of sandwiches. It’s perfect tailgate food.”
He said the deli already gets “a good game day crowd” from Gainesville football games.
Opening on Saturdays was one of the only changes Dunlap decided to make when ownership changed over. That, and letting customers pay with a debit or credit card.
Beyond that, he said, he’s not changed a thing.
“Over the past 40 years, the Gaileys streamlined the business. As far as the product itself, they know what sells,” Dunlap said. “They know what people like, so they did the hard part for us. They made a great product, and we just have to do our best not to mess it up.”
Inn-Between sandwiches include a choice of ham, turkey or roast beef on rolls, whole wheat and rye. Each has a thick layer of mayonnaise and a pickle cut longways.
For decades, the Gailey family arrived at 6 a.m. every morning to slap the sandwiches together.
At the end of July, they sold the business to Dunlap.
A Gainesville native, Dunlap said he “grew up right down the street ... and grew up eating Inn-Between sandwiches.”
“Suzanne (Gailey) was a great teacher,” he said. “She trained us well and made sure we knew what we were doing before they retired.”
An Auburn University graduate, Dunlap is the former manager of Mellow Mushroom in Gainesville. His brothers, Graham and Blake, also work at Inn-Between Deli.