There’s big news on the New York Jewish deli scene. After more than 120 years as a stand-alone institution on the Lower East Side, Katz’s Delicatessen is becoming a chain. It’s not quite Ben’s Kosher Deli, which currently boasts seven locations. But The New York Times reports (via Gothamist) that Katz’s will cross the East River and open a new outpost in the upcoming Dekalb Market, a 60,000-foot food hall currently under construction.
Gothamist quotes Jake Dell, the current owner of Katz’s, on his reasons for making the big move:
“The main thing is that it’s hard to get down to the Lower East Side, and
Brooklyn has been a strong part of our customer base,” owner Jake Dell
told the Times. “We can make it a little easier for our customers who have
been coming for generations.”
Dell is the 27-year-old, third-generation owner of the deli, who admits to sampling Katz’s corned beef and pastrami at least once a day. His family took the restaurant over from the Katz family about 30 years ago.
Read more about the upcoming new branch of Katz’s here, or try some of our favorite Jewish-deli-inspired recipes: