Unusual gift from Mother Nature greets customers at Midtown deli

In 80 plus years of life, farming and the restaurant business, the owner recently came across a spectacle growing on his own property.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For the better part of 50 years, Philadelphia Deli served customers in the heart of it all.

"We brought the first Philly Steaks in the south," said Paul Drosinis.

Originally from Greece, Drosinis left Philadelphia in the early 60s to open a family business in Asheville and a decade later moved the restaurant to Charlotte.

In 80 plus years of life, farming and the restaurant business, he recently came across a spectacle growing on his own property. Right beside the back entrance, a healthy tomato plant sprouts out of the pavement.

"It come up by itself with no help at all," said Drosinis.

The plant has a decent sized tomato already on the vine and other smaller tomatoes continue to develop.

Alice Drosinis, Paul's wife, calls the plant a little miracle.

"It shows everything is possible," said Alice Drosinis.

Drosinis thinks the plant is a sign of blessing.

"Farming follows us wherever we go," said Paul Drosinis.


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