Nathan Toubia opens Bocco Deli in former Zoomdweebie’s Tea Bar space

nathanUPDATED — Another Toubia has opened a restaurant. This time, it’s Nathan Toubia, son of the late restaurateur Antoine Toubia.

Last year, Nathan Toubia opened a catering business called Bocconcini, which means small mouthfuls in Italian, with an eye toward opening a restaurant.

Now, after a whirlwind last week or two, he has.

Bocco Deli opened Monday in the former Zoomdweebie’s Tea Bar space at 3010 E. Central.

“I had to flip this thing so fast,” Toubia says. “I just kind of fell into this spot.”

The 1,100-square-foot space can seat 36. It will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Instead of the catering he’d been doing, Toubia will focus on box lunches and party trays, particularly for nearby Wesley Medical Center and doctors’ offices.

Toubia will serve soups, salads, sandwiches and pasta, “all with kind of an Italian twist.”

He’ll make his own focaccia and flatbread.

The Toubia family is Lebanese — Antoine Toubia came from Lebanon and opened a number of successful restaurants here — but Nathan Toubia is more interested in Italian cooking.

He worked for Lidia’s in Kansas City while going to culinary school.

“I’ve kind of learned the Italian food, and that’s what I like to do.”

So what would his father think?

“I think he would like it. It’s definitely a good start.”