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Pass The Mustard! Square Knish Shortage Coming To An End

Production Will Resume Next Week At Gabila's Knishes
Gabila's Old Fashioned Coney Island Square Knish (credit: Handout)

Gabila’s Old Fashioned Coney Island Square Knish (credit: Handout)

COPIAGUE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The knish crisis is kicked!

The Long Island factory that makes deep-fried square knishes is reopening five months after it was badly damaged in a fire.

Co-owner Stacey Ziskin Gabay of Gabila’s Knishes says the Copiague, N.Y. plant has been given approval to reopen by the fire marshal.

Gabila’s is the only factory that makes square knishes. Gabay said the plant usually makes up to 15 million knishes a year and ships them all over the country. The square knish is responsible for about 75 percent of Gabila’s sales, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.

Knish fans have been kvetching ever since Sept. 24 when a fire damaged the machinery that makes the company’s biggest seller – “The Original Coney Island Square Knish,” which also come filled with kasha or spinach.

Gabila's square knish (file/credit: Gabila's)

Gabila’s square knish (file/credit: Gabila’s)

Gabila’s, which also makes matzoh balls, blintzes and latkas, sells the knishes both online and at retail outlets around the country, with New York, Florida and California leading the sales.

The popular Jewish treat is sold from street carts and at delis across the region.

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Katz’s Delicatessen, the 125-year-old landmark on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, ordinarily sells about 6,000 knishes a month.

Gabay said Thursday that company officials were pleased that so many people missed the knishes.

She said production will start next week. Shipping is set to resume in two to three weeks, according to Gabila’s website.

Gabila’s has been in business for more than 90 years, with more than a billion knishes sold.

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