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This Is What The Shuttered Adelman’s Deli Looks Like Now (Don’t Cry)

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Reader Janelle Fox, a fan of Adelman’s (1906 Kings Highway), walked by the now-shuttered kosher deli yesterday and saw the door open. So, perhaps out of habit and hope and lust for a good latke, she stuck her head in.

They weren’t open, that’s for sure. Fox fired off some shots of the former Brooklyn staple, showing most of the equipment ripped out as familiar trappings, like the Chicken Noodle Soup sign, dangled overhead.

A sad, sad sight indeed. Sheepshead Bites was the first to report that, after 60 years in business, Adelman’s Kosher Deli closed down in March. The landlord told us the tenant had fallen behind on rent, failed to strike a deal, and was evicted. There was still hope at the time of our report that the original owner of Adelman’s could step back in, as they still had a legal right to return to the property, and revive the business. Clearly, that didn’t happen.

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).

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  1. I saw that the rent for the store was over $8,000. There was NO way Adelman’s was pulling that kind of money in for a long time. 🙁

  2. aww man, i lived a few steps from that place for a few years. Mom would leave me a few dollars to get some food after school when she had to work the night shift. It was always a treat. I havent been in there since i moved back to sheepshead bay, but i will certainly miss it.

  3. Finally after 60 years of shame!! Perhaps if they were actually kosher and not just kosher “style” deli they would have much more business. Essen New York Deli(1359 Coney Island Ave) has a VERY similar menu and is ACTUALLY KOSHER!!

  4. My friend used to work at this place. She said that she met a coworker who was trying to buy this deli from the original owner, but I guess that didn’t work out. The original owner was going through a divorce and his would be ex-wife wanted all the profit, so he had no choice but to sell. So sad 🙁

  5. A rabbi that specializes in very questionable delis gave the supevision, but nobody who cared about kashrut would eat there.

  6. Just because it was a shame to you, doesn’t mean it wasn’t a treasure to everyone else. Why do you have to sh*t on other people’s joy?

  7. Some time ago I asked one of the workers what business will be opening here. He said with a smile: “Nobody knows”. I thought he doesn’t want to reveal “the secret”.
    As it turns out, he was not lying. A few days ago a big sign “For rent” went up in the window.
    If you thought $8,000 rent, was too much, think again. The place is huge and renovated…

  8. The economics of retail space and long-term vacancies is one of the great mysteries of life. Look how long YEE’s of Avenue U was abandoned before it was maybe, finally, rented out. And it’s still unoccupied.

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