Katz’s Deli Files DOB Permits to Fix Basement Space Ruined in Water Main Rupture

Posted on: August 21st, 2014 at 9:19 am by
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It’s been a tough summer for the iconic Katz’s Deli, which fell victim to a nasty water main break back in June. Rupture of the 1959 pipe – likely related to the never-ending East Houston rehabilitation project – literally broke the roadway and caused massive flooding in their basement. Moreover, the sidewalk out front caved in three times after the flood, and is finally receiving an upgrade.

“The city was amazing with the response [and cleanup],” owner Jake Dell told us. But he says the follow-up has been less than ideal. Meaning, awful.

Though, DOB permits were just issued two days ago to address the basement concerns. The “cellar slab” and plumbing (i.e. sewage lines) will be replaced. New equipment – refrigerators and freezers – will follow thereafter.

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Katz’s will remain open while basement work is underway. After all, Dell tells us that even though it would be easier to close for the duration of the job, there’s a much higher duty to customers. “People need to eat.” Amen.

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