This week, crowd-pleasing Dingfelder’s Delicatessen, the month-old Jewish deli on Capitol Hill, will add indoor seating, graduating from its limited situation as a walk-up window. Dingfelder’s has not yet responded to requests for comment about the new development.
No firm date is set yet for the indoor seating to be ready for diners hankering for corned beef and chopped liver, but the restaurant’s Facebook page promises the development before the week’s end. Dingfelder’s has also added occasional late-night hours, with dishes like hash available until 2 or 3 a.m., and new items, as promised, like matzo ball soup and brisket sandwiches.
Earlier this month, the eagerly anticipated deli started serving pastrami, half-sour pickles, and potato salad for pick-up only. Husband and wife owners Vance Dingfelder and Stephanie Hemsworth (who also own Nourish Catering) started small, with plans to scale up gradually to work around delays.
“We figured we’d open the window because people have been calling us every day, asking, ‘When are you opening?’” Dingfelder said. “It allows us to move things into place operationally at an easier rate, perfect each thing as we move along. Then the team can work together introducing new items and recipes, perfecting them before we open the deli.”
Dingfelder’s is part of a welcome new wave of Jewish cuisine in Seattle, including Zylberschtein’s, a planned deli in North Seattle trying to muster community support via Kickstarter. The $50,000 campaign has until 7 p.m. tonight to make its final push of less than $4,000.