NY knish factory fire leads to nationwide shortage - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

NY knish factory fire leads to nationwide shortage

Posted: Updated:

FRANK ELTMAN and VERENA DOBNIK | AP

COPIAGUE, N.Y. (AP) - A fire at a factory billed as the world's biggest maker of knishes has created nationwide shock and oy for those who can't seem to find the Jewish treats anywhere.

Kvetching has been going on at delis, diners, food carts and groceries since the 6-week-long shortage began, but lovers of the square, fried, doughy pillows of pureed potatoes may not have to go without much longer. The factory promises an end to the knish crunch by Thanksgiving, which coincides with the start of Hanukkah.

"Our customers ... are calling us saying they are literally searching supermarkets and stores and they're all asking when we'll be back," Stacey Ziskin Gabay, one of the owners of the 92-year-old Gabila's Knishes, which sells about 15 million knishes a year.

A fire Sept. 24 at the Gabila's plant in Copiague, on Long Island, damaged the machinery that makes the company's biggest seller - "The Original Coney Island Square Knish," which also come filled with kasha or spinach.

Gabila's, which also makes matzoh balls, blintzes and latkas, sells the knishes both online and at retail outlets around the country, with New York, Florida and California leading the sales.

"For the last month I haven't had any knishes - my heart is broken," said Carol Anfuso, a native New Yorker who has been without a knish to nosh since the BJ's Wholesale store near her Atlanta home suddenly stopped stocking them.

But Anfuso didn't learn of the shortage until she visited her sister for lunch at the Pastrami King restaurant in Merrick, Long Island, and found that it was out of stock, too.

Pastrami King owner Joe Yamali said he normally sells about 2,000 knishes a month.

"It brings you back to your childhood and they're just so delicious," Yamali said. "Gabila is square and fried. You bite into it and the potato oozes out. It's very good."

Katz's Delicatessen, the 125-year-old landmark on Manhattan's Lower East Side, ordinarily sells about 6,000 knishes a month.

"I usually get four to take home," grumbled Brooklyn native Forrest Gurl. "Their crunchiness, their hard corners, the mustard and sauerkraut you put on them. You can't beat a knish."

Like most places, the round, baked version is still available. But Gurl harrumphed a familiar sentiment of knish devotees: "Who gets round knishes?"

Jesse Hochberg, a retired information technology employee, didn't know there was a shortage until he got to the Katz's counter.

"I miss them," he said. "It's something I grew up with. I like the taste, sliced with mustard. ... I always look for them, and I haven't seen them recently."

Katz's chef Kenny Kohn has grown weary of explaining the shortage to customers. Along with the pastrami sandwiches, he serves up a typical New York attitude to the ongoing complaints.

"Get over it! Get a life! It's just a knish."

___

Dobnik reported from New York City.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


  • Long Island NewsLong Island NewsMore>>

  • Helping amputees achieve their potential

    Helping amputees achieve their potential

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:57:41 GMT

    A Step Ahead Prosthetics in Hicksville, Long Island, customizes prosthetics for people from all over the world. There are cosmetic ones made to mimic actual skin and lightweight "blades" made of carbon graphite designed for running. Aviva Drescher of "The Real Housewives of New York City" wears a prosthetic.

    A Step Ahead Prosthetics in Hicksville, Long Island, customizes prosthetics for people from all over the world. There are cosmetic ones made to mimic actual skin and lightweight "blades" made of carbon graphite designed for running. Aviva Drescher of "The Real Housewives of New York City" wears a prosthetic.

  • Lindsay Lohan's mom pleads guilty to DWI in NY

    Lindsay Lohan's mom pleads guilty to DWI in NY

    Actress Lindsay Lohan's mother has pleaded guilty in New York to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. Dina Lohan also pleaded guilty to speeding during her court appearance Tuesday on Long Island.
    Actress Lindsay Lohan's mother has pleaded guilty in New York to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. Dina Lohan also pleaded guilty to speeding during her court appearance Tuesday on Long Island.
  • Driver transporting dozens of drunk teens arrested

    Driver transporting dozens of drunk teens arrested

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:23 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:23:39 GMT
    A limousine bus driver on Long Island was arrested after the New York State police found he was transporting a bus full of drunk teens.Police say it happened Monday night at a Sunrise Highway rest area in Southampton.Someone called 911 to report a female screaming at the eastbound rest area between exit 65 and 66.Troopers arrived and found 42 teens between the ages of 16 and 17 in various stages of intoxication.The found more than 100 cans of beer on the bus, along with several gallons worth ...
    A limousine bus driver on Long Island was arrested after the New York State police found he was transporting a bus full of drunk teens.Police say it happened Monday night at a Sunrise Highway rest area in Southampton.Someone called 911 to report a female screaming at the eastbound rest area between exit 65 and 66.Troopers arrived and found 42 teens between the ages of 16 and 17 in various stages of intoxication.The found more than 100 cans of beer on the bus, along with several gallons worth ...
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices