What’s it like to run Katz’s Deli?

What Is It Like to Run Katz’s Deli?

What Is It Like to Run Katz’s Deli?

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July 22 2018 2:00 PM

How Does the Owner of Katz’s Deli Do His Job?

Jake Dell is not just running a deli, he’s running a New York institution.

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Jake Dell, owner and operator of Katz's Delicatessen, poses at the New York Magazine 50th Anniversary Party on Oct. 24, 2017.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for New York magazine

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This week on Working, Jordan sits down with Jake Dell, who is the latest member of his family to take over New York’s famed Katz’s Deli. When you own a restaurant that has been beloved since 1888, your work is never done. Jake tells us about what goes into making sure their pastrami always tastes amazing, how the business has and hasn’t changed in 130 years ago and just how often people re-enact the iconic “I’ll have what she’s having” scene from When Harry Met Sally.

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Jordan Weissmann is Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.