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We hope you’re hungry, Chicago. One of the first all-vegan Jewish delis—well, anywhere—is set to open this December in our very own Uptown neighborhood. That’s right — Sam & Gertie’s will be serving up fresh, traditional Jewish meals, and every single item will be plant-based and meat-free.
Already counting down? So are we.
December 5 is set to be the much-anticipated opening day of Sam & Gertie’s, owned by Chicago locals Andy and Gina Kalish (fans of the vegan diner Kal’ish already know what a dynamic duo the couple is). In addition to Kal’ish, they also owned Longacre, a pizza shop that served Detroit-style pies until it was reimagined as the new home of Sam & Gertie’s. The Kalishes plan to attract guests with familiar Jewish staples (matzo ball soup, anyone?), a variety of Middle Eastern options, and some Kal’ish favorites, like the Uptown Reuben.
Oh, and that’s not all. Be sure to save room for dessert because Sam & Gertie’s will also offer homemade bread and Jewish baked goods, like bagels adorned with plant-based “lox”, which is actually made from tomatoes.
Andy Kalish’s goal is to give customers a warm sense of nostalgia and comfort when enjoying options from the expansive menu. Everything served will be crafted with Jewish culture and traditional food values in mind. And for the omnivores out there, the Kalishes strive to create tasty alternatives to dishes that would otherwise include meat — plus, with all meat substitutes made from scratch from ingredients like nuts, coconut, legumes, beets, mushrooms, and so much more, even the untraditional is familiar.
Once doors open December 2019, Sam & Gertie’s is expected to be the “it” spot for vegan, Jewish eats, and we have a feeling it won’t disappoint. Since the space is big enough to seat just ten customers, the deli will be designed to serve hungry customers good food at a fast-casual pace — but then again, who takes their time with a bagel schmear or sandwich?
Sam & Gertie’s, we’re ready for you.
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