Katz’s Deli Owner Jake Dell Lands on Forbes ’30 Under 30′ List
Forbes magazine released its annual 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs list on Tuesday, and wouldn’t you know it, the Lower East Side is well-represented. Katz’s Deli owner Jake Dell is featured in the “Food & Drink” catagory for “modernizing” the city institution by “upgrading its technology, expanding catering operations, and shipping nationwide.”
Dell is the fifth-generation owner of the family business and caretaker of an empire that will soon include a satellite location in Brooklyn. This Dekalb Market stall – the first ever expansion for the LES deli – is slated to open in spring 2017. He also orchestrated the sale of air rights to landlord-developer Ben Shaoul for his condo development next door at 196 Orchard Street. That transaction netted a $17 million safety blanket for Katz’s.
“The most important thing is that the future of Katz’s is secure,” Dell told us at the time of sale in 2014. “At the end of the day, no developer can ever come in and knock us down to put in a high rise. At no point will anyone value the corner of Houston and Ludlow for anything other than Katz’s Delicatessen.”
Forbes began its 30 under 30 tradition back in 2011. There are twenty categories of movers and shakers that are updated each year.