The owners of two Uptown restaurants plan to expand their presence in Uptown, but the approval of a liquor option on the Nov. 8 ballot will decide what the restaurant they plan to create will look like.

The owners of two Uptown restaurants plan to expand their presence in Uptown, but the approval of a liquor option on the Nov. 8 ballot will decide what the restaurant they plan to create will look like.

Jimmy Velio and Mario Nedelkoski, who own Jimmy V’s and, with Tony Cabilovski, the Westerville Grill, plan to open a delicatessen in the former DJ’s Feed Store, 41 N. State St.

The sit-down deli, called Salumeria, would offer high-end meats, cheese, breads, olives and more.

“We want to offer an upscale deli that you wouldn’t find much in other parts of Columbus, something like you’d find on the East Coast in larger cities,” Nedelkoski said. “We thought a deli would suffice because, at the moment, we have a diner there, we have a pub there, you have the Asian food, you have the Old Bag (of Nails), you have northern Europe. É No one has a deli.”

Salumeria is on the ballot with options 55A, allowing weekday sales, and 55B, allowing Sunday sales from 10 a.m. to midnight.

“We want our customers to be able to enjoy a nice glass of wine or a beer with their sandwich,” Nedelkoski said.

Velio and Nedelkoski plan to move forward with the deli regardless of the passage of the liquor options, Nedelkoski said. However, whether they can serve alcohol will shape exactly what the deli will look like.

“We are on the paper for that property. We’re waiting for the ballot to know which way we’re going to go and how much we’re going to invest,” Nedelkoski said. “Getting a liquor license at the moment is very important. It will help guide us in the right direction with the property.”

The ability to serve alcohol changes the business model for a restaurant, Nedelkoski said, and being able to serve alcohol at Salumeria will allow the owners to invest more in the property.

“In this competitive market, with this economy and the state that it’s in and all the options customers have, you have to make sure that you can have your full potential,” Nedelkoski said. “We definitely would like to have that.”

Velio and Nedelkoski moved into the Uptown market when they opened Jimmy V’s in 2009. They expanded their presence by purchasing the Westerville Grill with Cabilovski in January.

Nedelkoski said the team has become a part of the Uptown community and has fallen in love with the historical business district and wants to continue to expand its presence there.

“Uptown Westerville is a gem É I don’t know if many people know how lucky they are to have such a great little environment 20 minutes from downtown Columbus,” Nedelkoski said. “It’s just been a great honor to do business there.” The approval of the liquor option, he said, will help the team of restaurateurs continue to build up Uptown’s offerings.

“If we get the license, which I have a good feeling for, we will be doing something that’s going to really put Westerville on the map,” he said. “(Approval of the liquor option) would only help us to continue to do business in Uptown Westerville, which we’ve completely fallen in love with.”

Also on the Nov. 8 ballot are two liquor options for Meza, 48 N. State St.

Option 54A requests weekday sales and 54B requests Sunday sales from 11 a.m. to midnight.

jnesbitt@thisweeknews.com