By Hank Russell
After surviving a near-shutdown, Regal Kosher Deli and Caterers in Plainview celebrated its 55th anniversary. Nassau County Legislator Arnold W. Drucker (D-Plainview) presented a citation to the deli’s former owner, Sherri Banks, on November 4 to thank her and the Weiss family for 55 years of serving the Plainview community.
This fall, the Weiss family announced that Regal Deli will close its doors on November 6. But what was supposed to be the grand finale weekend instead became a grand reopening. Rather than shutting its doors, the longtime Kosher eatery is still open, thanks to an outpouring of love from the community, a landlord agreeing to help with the rent, and a Regal Deli employee who stepped up to buy the business.
“It is absolutely wonderful to see the community rally around the Regal Deli and empower this beloved Plainview institution to continue a tradition that the Weiss family built over the course of the last six decades,” Legislator Drucker said. “We wish you all the best in this exciting new chapter and encourage everyone to support the local small businesses that add so much character to our neighborhoods.”
“All my customers come in here, they see me, they know me,” William Diaz, Regal’s head chef who bought the deli from Banks to keep the place open, told News 12. “I feel happy when all the customers are happy, that the business is going to continue to be open.”