Thursday, January 29, 2015

America's oldest knishery is not closing and why that's a story



The Yonah Schimmel Knishery has been in business since 1890 and has been at its famous location on E. Houston on Manhattan's Lower East Side since 1920. A press release and local web news sites have been talking about its demise. Saying the kosher bakery, which has, as its own menue says, been "serving knishes to everyone who wants one" is on its way out of the once-predominantly Jewish neighborhood where there's an assortment of potato, kasha, spinach, cabbage, sweet potato, mushroom and vegetable knishes for sale.

We're not talking about those thin street vendor fried knishes. We're talking about fresh baked, the innards surrounded by pasty dough fat you get what you paid for knishes.

So when the rumors reached the editor's desk at 1010 WINS, they sent yours truly to check them out. When I got there, I was greeted by a smiling vivacious owner, Ellen Anistratov, and her son, David, both who insisted the rumors not-with-standing,, Yohan Schimmel is here to stay. They've been there more than 100 years, and, Anistratov told me, they'll be there for 100 years more. "At least," she added.

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