Nationwide knish shortage may extend through 'Thanksgivukkah' holiday

Upcoming holiday might have turkey but be short on knishes.
By Evan Bleier  |  Nov. 13, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A September fire at the Long Island factory responsible for producing much of the U.S.’s knish supply has resulted in a shortage throughout New York City’s five boroughs that some fear will continue through the upcoming “Thanksgivukkah” holiday.

“Due to a small contained fire in our factory we are unable to produce any square knishes until approximately the end of November,” Gabila’s Knishes posted on the company website after the fire.

Gabila's, which is known for making its “Old Fashioned Coney Island Square Knish,” updated its situation via Facebook in late October.

“For those who have been wondering, our famous square Knishes will be back on the shelves in a few weeks. Unfortunately, damage caused by a fire has halted our production. All of our other delicious products can still be found, including our baked Knishes.”

For fans of the food, the knishes can’t be back soon enough.

“All I have are round baked knishes, no fried square ones,” said Kenny Kohn, the chef at Katz’s Delicatessen on East Houston Street. “If you have a suitcase full of money I can’t get you one.”

Gabila’s claims to have sold more than 1.3 billion knishes.

“I don’t know what’s going on, but I need my knish fix,” said knish customer John Costelloe.

According to a Facebook message that was posted on Monday, there’s hope.

“We want to thank all of our faithful customers for there support. Gabila's will be back better then ever within the next few weeks.”

Whether that happens by Thanksgivukkah remains to be seen.

Sources: [CBS New York] [Facebook]

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