Brandeis Launches Kosher New York-Style Deli

Louis’, a kosher New York-style deli, recently opened on the Brandeis campus.
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Louis’, a kosher New York-style deli, recently opened on the Brandeis campus.

By Deahn Berrini Leblang

Published January 30, 2014, issue of January 30, 2014.
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A kosher, New York-style deli has opened its doors at Brandeis University.

Hot pastrami. Corned beef. Schnitzel. Tongue. Matzah ball soup. Potato salad. All this and more is on the menu.

“The initial response has been fantastic,” said Jay DeGioia, resident district manager of Sodexo, the international food service company that manages the university’s dining. DeGioia called the opening on Martin Luther King Jr. Day an “unbelievable night, with longs lines and happy folk.”

The deli replaces a Quiznos sub shop.

DeGioia explained that the idea for a kosher deli came about when Sodexo took over Brandeis’s dining services last summer. Part of the proposal included the option of a kosher deli.

When they were awarded the contract, “We worked closely with the students on the dining committee. They helped name the deli; they chose Louis’, after Louis Brandeis,” DeGioia said.

Louis’ welcomes the general public, and has plans to cater soon.

“Our goal is to make a great New York style deli that happens to be kosher. I’m from Connecticut,” said DeGioia, “and I go to Katz’s Deli quite a bit.”

Other kosher options on campus include the main dining hall, which alternates between dairy and meat meals, and the kosher Nosh and Go, offering pre-packaged options available in refrigerators located around campus.

Located on Brandeis’s upper campus, Louis’ is open Sunday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Fridays until 3:30 p.m.

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