COPIAGUE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The months-long square knish shortage will soon be coming to an end, the delicatessen delicacy makers have promised.
A fire at a factory billed as the world’s biggest maker of knishes has created nationwide shock and oy for those who can’t seem to find the Jewish treats anywhere.
Kvetching has been going on at delis, diners, food carts and groceries since the six-week-long shortage began, but lovers of the square, fried, doughy pillows of pureed potatoes may not have to go without much longer. The factory promises an end to the knish crunch by Thanksgiving, which coincides with the start of Chanukah.
“Our customers – are calling us saying they are literally searching supermarkets and stores and they’re all asking when we’ll be back,” Stacey Ziskin Gabay, one of the owners of the 92-year-old Gabila’s Knishes, which sells about 15 million knishes a year. “In about two weeks, give or take, around Thanksgiving, we should have everything back up and running and be able to get the square knishes out to everybody.”