Adelman’s Kosher Deli at 1906 Kings Highway closed its doors for good after 60 years of serving the Kings Highway neighborhood hot pastrami and fluffy matzoh balls.
The restaurant closed up at the start of Passover on March 25, as it does every year. But fans of the delicatessen were shocked when they tried returning after the holiday and found that the eatery never reopened.
As of yesterday, the restaurant remained closed and the windows were covered with paper. There was no sign indicating the closure or a goodbye message to customers. The business’ phone number has been disconnected, and owners could not be reached for comment.
According to a representative for the landlord, however, the neighborhood staple had fallen far behind on rent and was having money troubles. The landlord won an eviction against the business operator after failing to strike a deal.
The landlord, Waldorf Realty Co., said that there’s still a chance Adelman’s could reopen. The evicted owner was not the original owner of the restaurant, and the original owner may still have the right to seize the business and take over the lease.
“We’re waiting to see what the original owner of Adelman’s wants to do,” the representative said. “The Adelman’s name may be worth something to them. Maybe they’ll get partners or investors to come in and reopen it.”
Adelman’s has been in its current location for about half of its 60-year existence. To the right you can see a photo of the location taken by the Department of Finance in the 1980s.
Adelman’s was one of three remaining old-school kosher delicatessens in Southern Brooklyn. The last two are Jay & Lloyd’s Kosher Deli (2718 Avenue U) and Mill Basin Deli (5823 Avenue T).