September Fire At Gabila's Factory Halted Production Of Fried Treats

COPIAGUE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Square knish lovers will have to wait just a little longer to get their fix.

A fire at the Gabila’s plant in Copiague on Sept. 24 damaged the machinery that makes the company’s top seller – “The Original Coney Island Square Knish.”

Executive Vice President Stacey Ziskin Gabay said a new machine should be delivered within three weeks, meaning production could resume by Dec. 23.

“Hopefully, assuming that it does work as expected, we’ll then have the knishes into the hands of the customers within that following week,” she told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.

Gabila’s bills itself as the largest maker of knishes in the world, producing about 15 million of the traditional Jewish treats a year.

The company has been able to continue to produce round, baked knishes during the square knish crisis. Gabila’s also makes matzoh balls, blintzes and latkes.

It sells its products both online and at retail outlets nationwide, with New York, Florida and California leading the sales.

Gabila’s moved from its longtime home in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn in 2006 to its current factory in Copiague.

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