Monday, April 03, 2017

Dubrow's New York Style Deli inspired by Dubrow's Cafeteria (UPDATED)

I was so confused when I saw this restaurant, located in Houston, Texas, that I had to email the owner via their website. The owner is even named Ziggy Gruber, and Gruber, is a family name in the larger Dubrow extended family. But I got this response:

Dear Eve, 
I am not related in anyway to the Dubrow family. My name is Ziggy Gruber I am third generation delicatessen owner. My family had the first delicatessen on Broadway called the Rialto they also had numerous other delis all around the city like Bergers on 47 st and in the suburbs Cresthill kosher deli in Spring Valley New York and the Woodrow kosher deli in Hewlett Long Island. My father's brother my uncle's name is Seymour and that is a coincidence. My uncle Norman who is much older than me technically is my cousin his name is Norman Rappaport. My family has been a deli dynasty in New York since the early 1900s. I presently own a well-known deli called Kenny and Ziggys in Houston Texas. We were looking to expand to a new concept that was a combination of Jewish delicatessen foods and Houston's restaurant that serves steaks, fish and cocktails. While trying to come up with a name for this concept. I was thinking about old Jewish restaurant names and Dubrows came to mind. My patent attorney did a trademark and patent search and saw the name Dubrows was abandoned for many years. So we applied and received the mark. There is presently a documentary out called Deli man and if you see it you will see it is my goal to perpetuate Jewish culture through food and if you have ever eaten my food or read our reviews you will see I will do the great name of Dubrows justice. I hope this clarifies the mystery. If you have anymore questions don't hesitate to contact me
All the best,
Ziggy Gruber



So there you have it. An homage to Dubrow's down in Texas, from someone unrelated to the family.

UPDATE: On the other hand, today I came across this article from 2014 that states the Houston restaurant was "named for a historic chain of New York cafeterias." This doesn't seem to be what Ziggy Gruber said in his email. Why would he disavow all connections to the Dubrow's of my family? My only thought is he worried about copyright infringement, but he seems to rule out any of that sort of problem in his email.

The whole thing gets weirder. I'd love to know from anyone in Houston if his restaurant even vaguely resembles Dubrow's Cafeteria.

Request for Dubrow's tuna salad recipe

Reader Andrew Suser asks for it. Now, tuna salad seems easy enough to make so if the Dubrow's recipe was unique or special it's got to be in the seasonings or the add-ins. Anyone recall it want to help Andrew out?