Yesterday, a broken water main on Houston Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side left Katz's Deli flooded. In addition to the obvious indoor problem (flooding), the incident resulted in a giant sinkhole opening on Houston Street. Now, even with three feet of mud in its basement, the deli remains open.
According to Gothamist, the "foot and a half of water" that was there yesterday eventually turned into three feet of mud inside of the 6,000-square-foot basement. However, according to owner Jake Dell, Katz's remained open because "people always need to eat." Amen to that.
Dell thanked not only his staff for their resilience and hard work, but also every responding city service:
They all came together... The Small Business Services and Office of Emergency Management are the only reason why we're open.
He told Gothamist that part of his responsibility as Katz's owner is to "maintain tradition." They stayed open during Hurricane Sandy, so being that community cornerstore is their tradition.
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