The Schroeder's entrance, when it opened in 1981.
It’s been almost 38 years since John Schroeder, along with his older brother Charlie, began serving up “roast beef reliefs,” fried mushrooms, and other staples of the popular Broad Street Restaurant, Schroeder’s New Deli.
At the time, there were only six restaurants on Broad Street, and many people advised the brothers to start their business elsewhere. Thankfully, they didn’t listen, and their vision and dedication to the Rome community continues to surprise and delight new generations of customers every day.
While Charlie has been semi-retired for several years, John is hanging up his hat for the first time since the opening of the store in 1981, where he has served as the Daily Operations Manager.
“I’m the bean counter, and he’s the bean cooker,” Charles joked about his brother. “Almost everything on our menu was his creation.”
And while John is no longer a part of the daily schedule at the eatery, he will still be a habitual visitor.
“I just never got tired of eating here. I’m proud of it. And I’m not bragging. It’s just facts,” smiled John.