NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A long awaited “nosh” today for fans of the Carnegie Deli, which reopened after being forced to close nearly 10 months ago.

The classic Manhattan deli shut down last April after Con Edison crews found the deli had been improperly siphoning natural gas for close to six years.

“I was relieved — every time I go to a show I come by,” one Hauppauge man told 1010 WINS’ Samantha Liebman. 

Owner Marian Harper told CBS2 she didn’t know about the illegal tapping, and paid Con-Ed more than $40,000 for the gas.

Harper’s family took over the business 40 years ago. On Tuesday, Harper said she’s just thrilled to be back in business and to see her employees again.

“It’s wonderful that they’re able to work and they’re back,” Harper said. “They’re very happy and I’m very happy to have the Carnegie family back with me.”

Tenants who lived above the deli spent months without gas for heating or cooking while repairs were made.

Heat was finally restored a few weeks ago.