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Longtime customer to take over ownership of popular Citrus Heights deli

Beach Hut Deli is located at 6406 Sunrise Blvd. // S. Williams

By Sara Beth Williams–
Matt Dockendorf, a 15-year customer of Beach Hut Deli in Citrus Heights, is slated to take over ownership of the eatery next month.

Dockendorf will officially acquire the Beach Hut Deli on July 1, 2023, according to current restaurant owner and longtime Citrus Heights resident Christina DeCelle. In an interview with The Sentinel, Dockendorf called owning Beach Hut Deli a “great opportunity” and he hopes to create a legacy for his children. He plans for the restaurant to continue partnering with the Kiwanis Club of Citrus Heights, as well as increase the level of charity and community service participation by partnering with local schools.

Dockendorf has been a longtime customer of the Beach Hut Deli, since before the restaurant relocated to Sunrise Boulevard, according to DeCelle. Early in 2023, Dockendorf agreed to purchase the location from DeCelle.

Dockendorf has partnered with DeCelle and the Beach Hut Deli in the past during Kiwanis Club golf tournament fundraisers and other charity events. He plans to remodel and update the deli with “new, fresh ideas” and also anticipates partnering with Casa Roble High School’s Agricultural Department by providing them with unused food scraps from the restaurant.

DeCelle has owned the Beach Hut Deli for over 18 years, and currently still owns two other Beach Hut Deli locations, along with several other businesses in the Sacramento area, including Ben’s Barketplace, a health food store for pets. She plans to continue expanding her health food for pets business and hopes to open more locations in the future.

To celebrate the last 18 years and officially welcome Dockendorf, DeCelle is hosting a farewell event at the Beach Hut Deli on June 30 beginning at 3 p.m. and has invited any former employees to come and work one last night. The event is open to the public, and details can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

Beach Hut Deli is located at 6406 Sunrise Blvd, Suite B, in Citrus Heights.

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