A tipster passed along this photo of the sign posted on the front door at Stopsky's Delicatessen, which apparently fielded so many diners on its official opening day the Mercer Island restaurant had to close its doors by 12:45 p.m. Owner Jeff Sanderson said the dining room was full this morning and a massive line of people waited to place orders at the carryout counter. He ended up passing out sandwich vouchers for people who were unable to eat. Stopsky's went through 130 bagels (baked by one Andrew Meltzer) and 40 pounds of corned beef before closing the doors.
Sanderson says the restaurant will reopen tomorrow at 7 a.m. with double the amount of bagels and a renewed supply of menu items, meaning it might be a late night for chef Robin Leventhal and her crew. Sanderson hopes to stay open "later and later every day this week" as the restaurant works to accommodate the crowds.
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