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November 11, 2013 5:29 pm

Fire at U.S.’s Largest Knish Factory Leaves Nation’s Noshers Without

avatar by Joshua Levitt

"The Original Coney Island Square Knish." Photo: Screenshot / Wegman's.

"The Original Coney Island Square Knish." Photo: Screenshot / Wegman's.

A fire six weeks ago at the U.S.’s largest knish factory, in Copiague, Long Island, New York, is leaving the nation’s noshers without their favorite treat, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

“Kvetching has been going on at delis, diners, food carts and groceries since the six-week-long shortage began, but lovers of the square, fried, doughy pillows of pureed potatoes may not have to go without much longer. The factory promises an end to the knish crunch by Thanksgiving, which coincides with the start of Hanukkah,” the WSJ said, citing Stacey Ziskin Gabay, one of the owners of the 92-year-old Gabila’s Knishes, which sells about 15 million knishes a year.

A fire on September 24th at the Copiague plant damaged the machine that makes the company’s biggest seller — “The Original Coney Island Square Knish.”

Jewish delis around the country that had to go without included Katz’s Delicatessen, the 125-year-old landmark on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, which usually sells some 6,000 knishes a month, the report said.

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