Stop by for breakfast, lunch, supper and a little Gemütlichkeit. Enjoy a Bratwurst and a Köstritzer beer on tap. Or how about a spot of tea and a scone?
We also have grocery items from Germany and Britain you won’t find anywhere else.
HOURS: Mon-Fri 8:30-6 Sat 8:30-5
235 El Cerrito Plaza, near Trader Joe’s on the south side
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Authentically Mom & Pop…
The Junket is truly a one-of-a-kind place. It’s not often that you will find a family-run business these days. I remember when my parents (Bruno – ‘aus Deutschland’ and Cindy – a British/Jamaican) opened the European Delicatessen/Café in 1979. They left their corporate jobs and ventured into “unknown territory. Actually they were familiar with “unknown territory” – Engaged the night they met, (despite language differences, and the fact that their respective countries had destroyed one another during World War II), they emigrated to North America with practically nothing and knowing no one. “San Francisco, open your Golden Gate. You’ll let nobody wait outside your door” – Those song lyrics eventually rang true for them, (they did have to “wait outside the door” in Canada for a couple years until California let them in).
Bruno and Cindy are now in their mid eighties. They have been happily married for 59 years. They love to work! and have been doing so together at The Junket just about everyday for 37 years. They say working keeps them young and they even work on their days off. Cindy handles the entire business-end of The Junket, and you will also see her bustling around the place, chatting with customers, taking orders, bussing tables, donating to causes… And Bruno?…well despite not being able to hear (…he will tell you that he lost his hearing due to the bombing of his hometown in Germany…by yes…the Americans), handles customer-to-go transactions at his cash register with the utmost care, “NO… you MUST take a napkin! with your sandwich!”. He also vacuums the entire place, lifting up the many wooden chairs to the tops of the tables (next to his own hand-hewn napkin holders)…every night. And, he drives traverses the bay area in his big truck picking up fresh produce and other supplies from the same vendors he has dealt with for 36 years. Yes, The Junket is a success due to Bruno and Cindy’s hard work, but lest we not forget the devoted employees, “The Junketeers”, some who have been here over 30 years, and of course our loyal customers.
It’s “Just another day in
Paradise Bündnerfleisch…” at The Junket. So here’s to ‘Mom and Pop Stores’ everywhere. May they continue to prosper.
xo – Schatzie, the Renegade Deli Heiress