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Katz’s deli survived the 1918 pandemic. Now, it’s navigating Covid


Katz’s Delicatessen in New York City has been around for more than a century, maturing into an iconic institution on the Lower East Side.

Owner Jake Dell told CNBC on Friday he feels the weight of family history as he seeks to navigate the uncertainty and disruption wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is our second pandemic, technically, for Katz’s. It’s my first,” Dell said on “Squawk on the Street,” referring to the 1918 flu pandemic. Katz’s, initially founded in 1888, moved to its current location on Houston Street a year before that health crisis began.

For this pandemic, which has devastated the restaurant industry, Dell said he’s using a “make-it-up-as-you-go” approach.



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