Chicken Matzo Ball Soup at Zaidy’s Deli in Cherry Creek. The longtime Denver restaurant, which closed during the pandemic, will reopen under new ownership in June. (Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)
A pandemic pandemic Denver restaurant victim is being brought back to life this summer, but with new owners and a new location southeast of the original.
Zaidy’s, the Jewish deli that closed in Cherry Creek in October after three decades, was due to move to 600 S. Holly St.
New owner Beth Ginsberg bought the business from longtime family owners Gerard and Jason Rudofsky and plans to slightly revamp the menu while preserving much of Zaidy’s history and tradition.
Her connection with Zaidy’s began when she owned the bagel store and was delivering bagels to the deli, Ginsberg said. In the early 2000s, she even opened her own bagel shop while living overseas in Singapore.
“Were those New York bagels? Not even close! ”Ginsberg laughed at her first foray into the bagel business after years of working as a medical technology engineer.
But she learned the trade from John Hill, the then owner of Denver’s Bagel Store, and was able to take over the business when she returned to Colorado. (Ginsberg then sold the bagel store to Rosenberg’s in 2017.)
She now owns Trompeau Bakery on South Broadway and looks forward to making the pastries in that kitchen – black and white cookies, rugelach – while creating a bagel and bread range at the new Zaidy’s Deli and Bakery on Holly Street.
“We’re not kosher, but you know, we try to stay true to the roots of our community,” said Ginsberg.
Breakfast doesn’t deviate too far from the original Zaidy’s, while lunch offers homemade sandwiches with a choice of meat and bread, as well as preparations such as Reuben or “Zaidy’s Way” with a homemade mix of sauces and spices.
The new Zaidy’s will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., although a Friday night dinner or something similar might be in the works. And customers will be able to stop by the delicatessen box throughout the day to buy bagels by the dozen, smoked salmon and meat.
Ginsberg has teamed up with fellow local father-and-son businessmen, Max and Joel Appel, to reopen the restaurant. The team started building their new space – formerly Ambli – last week and expects this to be completed by the end of June.
And while the Rudofsky family are no longer business partners, Ginsberg expects Gerard to be very committed to his restaurant in the years to come.
“He’ll be there every day,” she said.
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