Seattle diners bemoaning the long dearth of Jewish delis can take heart: Another local restaurant owner is jumping into the fray. Josh Grunig will open a deli called Zylberschtein’s in the same North Seattle shopping center where his Standard Bakery operates. He’ll launch a Kickstarter campaign on Sunday, August 26 — in conjunction with Standard’s one-year North Seattle anniversary — to raise funds for the new venture.
Grunig plans to bake fresh bread for reuben sandwiches, and use family recipes for dishes like matzo ball soup. “It won’t necessarily be a New York-style deli because I’m not from New York,” he says. But it will pay homage to his roots, as Zylberschtein was a surname in his family.
Grunig says that a restaurant space near the bakery became available, and it’s larger than his Standard Bakery spot, with more seating and potential for a larger retail area. The Kickstarter will help fund the new lease and the remodel. When it’s finished, Grunig will house Zylberschtein’s and Standard under one roof, continuing to make and sell retail and wholesale baked goods under the Standard Bakery label.
This Sunday, Grunig will launch the Kickstarter campaign and throw a party for Standard to celebrate one year in its North Seattle space. The party will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with live music, a pie-throwing contest, and free cookies.
Meanwhile, Dingfelder’s, the Jewish deli in the works on Capitol Hill, is opening its walk-up window any day now, according to its Facebook page. And another Jewish deli, Schmaltzy’s, from the owner of the Napkin Friends latke sandwich food truck, could land in Fremont by December 2018.