Katz’s Deli might expand to DC

WASHINGTON — Katz’s Deli, the 129-year-old pastrami palace on New York’s Lower East Side, is looking to expand, and D.C. might be on the list, the shop’s owner tells WTOP.

Jake Dell told WTOP Wednesday that D.C. would be on his radar should he move forward with any deli expansion plans. But he said it was premature to talk specifics.

“D.C. is a wonderful food market,” Dell said. “I just came down there about two weeks ago and went around to some wonderful restaurants with friends. There is a lot of cool things happening in food down there.”

Dell also said that D.C. would be a good fit because of its proximity to New York.

The Wall Street Journal first reported that Katz’s Deli plans to expand its shipping service to international markets in the coming months. The paper also reported that Philadelphia and Boston were on the list of cities that Dell might consider for expansion.

Katz’s will open its first outpost in Brooklyn as part of a food hall set to open this summer.

Katz’s already ships its pastrami, corned beef, matzo ball soup, latkes and just about everything else on its menu throughout the United States.

Beyond New York deli aficionados — both locals and tourists — Katz’s Deli is also known as the spot where a famous scene between Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in the movie “When Harry Met Sally” was filmed.

The table where the scene took place is even marked with a placard overhead.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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