Katz’s Deli Expands Into Brooklyn for the First Time in Its History

Posted on: October 14th, 2015 at 5:10 am by
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Mouth-watering news for pastrami lovers.

Rumored for months, Katz’s Deli finally confirmed its involvement in the new DeKalb Market, currently under construction in downtown Brooklyn. Owner Jake Dell announced his expansion plans yesterday afternoon.

“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,” Dell told Flo Fab of the New York Times. “We can make it a little easier for our customers who have been coming for generations.”

This is a game-changing move for Katz’s, which has called the Lower East Side its sole stomping grounds since 1888; it never expanded elsewhere. Technically, though, the DeKalb Market stall is simply that. Dell himself calls the new location an “outpost” of the OG, but one that’ll likely anchor the whole 60,000 square-foot food hall.

Katz’s Deli is but one of 57 vendors planned for the DeKalb Market. Trader Joe’s is another of the big-named tenants. Expect an opening sometime next year, and the long queues to match.

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