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Obamanomics And The Jewish Deli Dilemma

America is Over Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 10:50 AM
I hate Obama just as much as the next guy but the simple fact is a Manhattan lunch can be a 15 dollar pastrami sandwich from a deli or a 7 dollar panini from one of the many Korean lunch bars. I save pastrami for special occasions.
Auspex Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 3:40 PM
Which means that Obama's tax policies ARE having an impact: 1) carbon chicanery has definitely caused a rise in food prices and transportation costs (gotta truck in a pastrami!); 2) Anything raising the cost of labor for small business - Obamacare, living wages, etc (very popular in California and the east coast!); 3) Anything reducing disposable income reduces deli sales (when your income falls, you opt for the $7 Panini instead of the $15 pastrami -- except for special occasions that become further and further between as you have less to spend on sandwiches even the $30 in the return of the 2% SS tax). So, yes, the same social reconstruction policies held by Obama being imposed in other liberal places will have an impact on deli's.
Don664 Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 11:55 AM
Perhaps this indicates another symptom? A change in tastes? There are many ethnic groups in NY. Each with it's own tastes and foods. Perhaps a shift in that demographic? Certainly possible, but I agree with the columnist that the heavy hand of government is the largest factor.
And America isn't over. Not until I'm dead.
Roy323 Wrote: Feb 25, 2013 12:01 AM
Don664-"a change in tastes". Yeah demographics do change. I had kids in Colleges in Atlanta in the early 90s and there were some FABULOUS Jewish Delis all over. Last time I went thru DeKalb Co I didn't see many.?

Did you hear the big news from the world of small business? Jewish delis are closing in both Los Angeles, and New York City.

The trend has been a long time in the making, especially in New York City where Jewish delis’s used to number in the thousands and now total less than one hundred. Yet the Los Angeles Times reported this “news” just this past week, and the details that the report included – and the details that were ignored– point to some far greater problems.

The article, written by Journalist Tiffany Hsu, notes that the decline of the...