Promising all manner of Jewish favorites sorely lacking in Seattle, from pastrami and belly lox to kishka and smoked whitefish, Dingfelder’s Delicatessen says its kitchen is complete and its New York-style Jewish deli should open on Capitol Hill (1318 E Pine St.) in late July. The menu is still in development and will be limited at first, though, the company announced on Facebook yesterday.
Husband and wife owners Vance Dingfelder and Stephanie Hemsworth, who also run Nourish Catering, promise an “Authentic Old World Delicatessen with plenty of Corned Beef and Pastrami, Knishes, Whitefish, Smoked Salmon, cookies and more.” They’ll fill a noticeable gap in the Seattle restaurant scene, albeit one that has shrunk slightly in recent months thanks to openings like Westman’s Bagel and Coffee, which is already looking to expand; a pastrami start-up called Pastrome, run by David Youssefnia, currently only available via pop-ups or a monthly meat club; and food truck Kogo, which currently does catering only.
Joining this group, perhaps before the end of 2018, will be another Jewish deli called Schmaltzy’s, which is in the works in Fremont. It’s owned by Jonathan Silverberg of the latke-sandwich food truck Napkin Friends. Could all of this mean that 2018 is shaping up to be the year of Jewish food in Seattle?