Portland Jewish Deli Jacob & Sons to take over KitchenCru space

In March, Noah Jacob took his team on his dream trip to New York: a five-day tour of New York’s iconic Jewish delis, bakeries and restaurants. They ate bagels and bialys at Kossars, kishke and minced liver at Katz, smoked fish at Barney Greengrass, knish at Yonah Schimmel’s. And of course, they made the obligatory trip to Zabar, strolling the aisles of the famed Upper West Side market and bakery, peering through crates of deli meats and watching gloved men slicing sable.

He had a good excuse to go on a research trip like this: his deli, Jacob & Sons, has been in the works for months, and he’s finally found a space, one that allows him to expand reach and scale. of his business. Jacob & Sons takes over the old KitchenVintage catering and commissary building, with extensive curing programs for smoked fish and meat, full-scale bakery, and in-house delivery for those not wishing to travel to Northwest Broadway.

Last fall, Jacob announced plans to open a Jewish grocery store in Portland. His business, Jacob & Sons, consisted mostly of takeout, catering and pop-up events at that time, but he had spent time at a California Jewish deli. wise sons (plus a stint at Elephant’s Delicatessen as a teenager). He wanted to open his own restaurant – a large delicatessen, with a bakery, home-smoked fish and meat, pickles and market staples. And, even without space, it was located northwest of Portland; he wouldn’t settle anywhere else. Luckily, after a few spaces passed, Jacob was able to visit and nail down the KitchenCru building, agreeing to keep the current tenants of the Commissioner’s Kitchen.

“I’ve been eyeing this kitchen for months; it’s a beautiful kitchen,” says Jacob. “What we wanted to do was wholesale retail, even more than on-site catering. So there will be dinner there, but we can do a lot here.

Upon entering Jacob & Sons, the average restaurant will encounter a storefront, with a large deli case; the crate will be filled with house-smoked fish and charcuterie, chopped liver, vegetable dishes, and charcuterie salads like white fish and tuna. Visitors will be able to order take-out sandwiches directly at the counter, as well as homemade bialys, meat and fish by the book, and matzo ball soup. While waiting for an order, customers can shop the aisles for locally made products like Excellent chef alum by Sara Hauman small fish company. canned shad, specially made for Jacob & Sons, or Tails & Trotters lamb merguez (obviously not pork from Tails & Trotters, since J&S is a Jewish deli). The store will also house a candy section, fridges and freezers stocked with take-out grocery items and Jacob & Sons brand caviar from the California Caviar Company.

“It will look like a mini-version of Zabar,” says Jacob. “It will be a small international market. It’s a Jewish grocery store, you know?

Those wishing to dine on-site can wander to the 12-seat chef’s bar — nothing fancy; more like what you would see in an old fashioned restaurant – where people can watch the staff put together sandwiches and slice meats. Architect Lorraine Guthrie (Clyde Common, Kenny & Zuke’s) and BNK Construction are working on the design and construction, adding features like a tin ceiling, hunter green walls, and wood and gold accents.

Behind the market and the grocery store opposite, Jacob & Sons will be buzzing with activity. Jesse Dodson, the former head baker of New Seasons, will cook bialys and challah as well as pastries like knishes and rugelach. In the fish department, the restaurant will pickle and smoke sable and sturgeon in the style of traditional Jewish charcuterie, as well as two different types of smoked salmon lox (traditional and spicy pastrami), three types of gravlax and whole smoked fish such as whitefish. In the meat department, Jacob & Sons prepare pastrami, corned beef, smoked turkey and tongue. The kitchen will make their own pickles, including semi-sour. All of the above will be available from Jacob & Sons, but soon the team will also start creating product lines to land on New Seasons shelves.

Jacob & Sons will open this summer at 337 NW Broadway.

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• A Jewish deli from a Wise Sons elder is coming to Northwest Portland

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