Schmaltzy’s Delicatessen, the long-awaited restaurant spin-off of the Napkin Friends food truck, has hit construction delays and won’t open this summer as previously planned. But the restaurant is inching toward completion, says owner Jonathan Silverberg, and it should be open in October.
When the restaurant finally opens in the West Woodland neighborhood — in an area most people refer to as Frelard — it will serve classic deli items like from-scratch pastrami, corned beef, reuben sandwiches, and lox. The deli will also double as a prep space for Napkin Friends’ latke press sandwiches, as well as Silverberg’s catering operations.
Schmaltzy’s will join a handful of other Jewish delis that have opened in the area, including Zylberschtein’s in North Seattle, Dingfelder’s on Capitol Hill. Just down the road from Schmaltzy’s is long-running Roxy’s Diner, which also specializes in New York and Jewish deli staples.