Holy Schnitzel Wants 4th Outpost at Former Noah’s Ark Deli; Seward Park Co-op Votes Next Week

Posted on: March 6th, 2014 at 6:08 am by

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Noah’s Ark Deli closed after the 2013 high holidays

In less than a week, the Seward Park Co-op board will vote on whether to keep 399 Grand Street Kosher. The space has been a vacancy ever since Noah’s Ark Deli shuttered just before the High Holidays last year. Many residents of the complex are supporting the measure, and took to creating an online petition, which currently registers more than 1,000 signatures.

But there is actually a contender for 399 Grand. Apparently the Holy Schnitzel mini-chain, operated by a pair of siblings (Ofeer and Sivan Benatalba) and a onetime concert promoter (Bill Spector), are angling to open their fourth location here. According to the Jewish Daily Forward, the team has wooed some power to help the cause; like New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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More on the proposal, but mum on the menu:

The group envisions an eatery “in the vein of Schmulka Bernstein and Ratner’s, as well as Sammy’s Roumanian Steak House,” Spector said. Retro appeal would draw Jewish and non-Jewish diners, Spector contended; and ambitious food would help Holy Schnitzel compete with other Lower East Side establishments, not just kosher joints.

The board is set to vote on the matter on March 11. So Holy Schnitzel will have to deal with its shpilkes, and wait it out.

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