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The last left in Long Beach is the Lido Kosher Deli.


Wally Goetz recently brought on his son Russ as a fourth-generation owner. The family has been serving Soul Food since the 1930s and recently began expanding its retail and refrigeration space.

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“At one time there were five kosher delis in this one small town,” he said. “Now we have stood the test of time.”

Surprisingly the pandemic was positive for the Daily Main. Ever since they have seen a resurgence of young and returning customers who had nothing but food for months.

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According to food historians, the number of Jewish delis in the United States has declined from about 1,500 in five boroughs in the 1930s to just two dozen standalone Jewish delis in the country.

Ted Merwin, author of “Pastrami on Rye”, explains that Jewish delis were once a gathering place. While their numbers will dwindle – those who survive will continue to serve up nostalgia with pastrami.

“The daily was not a part of Jewish life,” Merwin said. “It was part of the fabric of New York City. Many people grew up eating deli, even if they were Jewish, and have had warm fuzzy feelings about this type of food since childhood.”

Ronnie Dragoon started the business at the age of 24. Now the 73-year-old is the CEO and president of Ben Kay Kosher Daily.

“The menu was sandwich and open sandwich,” Dragoon said.

Now the menu has evolved to meet the needs of the next generation.