The Famous Delly Boys Restaurant has been attracting satisfying diners for 48 years at a small strip shopping centre at the corner of Westminster Avenue and Côte Saint-Luc Road. Originally established in 1962 by brothers Guido (Chico) and Sonny Broccoli, the business was sold three years ago and changed hands again last January when brothers Tahir and Kharson Lifanov, with their mom Fatima, stepped in to oversee operations. They are pictured below.
Regular customers have greeted the charismatic Lifanovs with a big thumbs up and they have the place humming.
People still come from across the island to enjoy their extensive menu, which contains such items as smoked meat and other deli delights, club rolls, their famous party sandwiches, pizza, pizza burgers, chicken, veal, fish, steak, ribs, pasta, salads and desserts. Whether dining in, taking out or ordering a catered meal, you will never be disappointed.
Tahir and Kharson are putting in long shifts these days. They have gotten to know their regulars, some of whom come there virtually every day of the week, on a first-name basis. The place has been modernized, with an attractive glass dessert display case, a large flat screen television, the Interac payment option and a new glossy takeout menu. There is even a website (www.famousdellyboys.com) in its infancy stages.
Tahir says he appreciates the history the restaurant has. He’s already noticed how many ex-Montrealers, when in town for a visit, stop by and make large orders to take back with them. “We are working on introducing some new dishes to the menu and promoting our different breakfast specials,” he notes.
“We know this place has a reputation for excellent customer service and it is our goal to make sure that never changes,” Kharson adds.
It is also great to see Sonny Broccoli coming by often and getting behind the counter, much to the delight of customers. Chico has been spotted back there as well. These men are icons in the community and the Lifanov's recognize that.
Tahir, incidentally, just became a dad recently. His wife gave birth to baby boy Ilyas.
The Famous Delly Boys is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The address is 5509 Westminster Avenue. For more information or to make an order call 514-484-8555.