The Pickle Guys Break with Tradition to Open on Saturdays
Shomer Shabbos no more.
Now that its new location is officially official – there was an inauguration last week – The Pickle Guys are breaking with tradition. Observing the Sabbath is now out, as the business just began selling on Saturdays. This weekend was the test run for the new schedule.
The Pickle Guys are still certified kosher, though, due to a technicality. “We worked it out with the Rabbi,” one employee tells us. “We technically have a contract to ‘buy’ the store off [store founder] Alan [Kaufman] for the weekends. Right now we are still feeling it out. If it makes sense we will continue with being open on Saturdays.”
One of the last kosher businesses on the Lower East Side, the Pickle Guys have been closed for Sabbath basically since Kaufman opened the joint fourteen years ago.
The potential new hours arrive as a second lifeline of sorts for local customers who can’t get there during the week. The Pickle Guys also launched same-day delivery service in March.