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Mastman's Deli Downtown Austin

redhatcharm Dec 6, 2012 11:30 AM

I was surfing web today and say that it was to open in Oct/2012. Have you seen/been there?



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    mollyjade Dec 6, 2012 02:08 PM

    The opening has been delayed until late January.

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    1. re: mollyjade
      PappyAustin Dec 6, 2012 02:20 PM

      Is it truly a kosher deli or "kosher style"?

      1. re: PappyAustin
        ridgeback Dec 6, 2012 02:54 PM

        "Mastman’s Deli is proud to be 100% Kosher since 1943."

        It's a grandkid of the owners of the original Mastman's from Buffalo.

        1. re: PappyAustin
          mollyjade Dec 6, 2012 02:56 PM

          Supposedly glatt kosher. Though I'll hold my breath until I see a menu/certification.

      2. slowcoooked Jun 20, 2013 05:30 AM

        when is this place ACTUALLY going to open? I can't believe how long it's been since I had a good matzoh ball. certainly never in this town.

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        1. re: slowcoooked
          popvulture Jun 20, 2013 02:53 PM

          Looks like the most recent update on their site was on March 20th, projecting a June opening.

          You probably already saw that though. I just looked at a map to see where the place is, and I realized that I drive by all the time but haven't noticed anything... anybody walked by and seen what's going on up close?

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            slowcoooked Jun 21, 2013 07:00 AM

            Yeah, I think all the Mastman's lurkers all share the same experience - no news from them on their FB page or elsewhere past the march news. bummer. must be some issues.

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              PappyAustin Jun 22, 2013 06:30 AM

              Heard the work has completely stopped and there is already a lawsuit. I don't know any details, but sounds like there are major issues.

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                slowcoooked Jun 22, 2013 06:34 AM

                well that simply sucks. i wasn't expecting anything better than the awesome pastrami and corned beef from Melvin's - but this town is still well deficient in enough options for good solid deli fare.

                1. re: slowcoooked
                  popvulture Jun 22, 2013 07:12 PM

                  Have you been to Easy Tiger yet? If so, what'd you think? Their pastrami is not the best I've ever had by any means, but I was definitely surprised and impressed. Some really good sides, too.

                  And yes, that indeed sucks about Mastman's.

                  Have not tried Melvin's. Now I will.

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                    saticoy Jun 22, 2013 07:38 PM

                    Proper pastrami out at Pieous too - haven't tried Melvin's either, but like Pieous better than Easy Tiger...slightly....

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                      Rptrane Jun 22, 2013 09:32 PM

                      While likely not "proper" the Duck pastrami at Noble Pig is awesome.

                      1. re: saticoy
                        slowcoooked Jun 27, 2013 08:04 AM

                        So I've eaten the pastrami at Pieous and Easy Tiger and I've enjoyed them, but the Melvin's version is sinfully better. I too rank Pieous over Easy. The only slight negative at Melvin's is that the bread at times can be on the slight dry side, but I've never left not smiling, and have probably been 20 or 30 times now.

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                        slowcoooked Jun 23, 2013 08:26 AM

                        Yep - I've enjoyed Easy's pretzel / beer cheese, pastrami and homemade bologna. The pastrami was pretty damn good, the bologna was fun for the novelty of it more than the flavor - sort of more bland than oscar meyer and maybe I just couldn't recognize it. But Melvin's corned beef and pastrami both blow anything "corned" I've had in this town if not anywhere away. And on those days I can't take the caloric heft, I devour their house cured ham just as happily - house made mayo and heirloom tomatoes and all. you just have to go.

                        1. re: slowcoooked
                          popvulture Jun 26, 2013 04:41 PM

                          I happened to be driving by last night, so I made sure to try to get a glimpse of what's going on. The sign on the window says "future home of Mastman's Deli," but the space looks almost completely raw. On a vaguely hopeful note, there was a light on, and it looked like there had been some recent work. Who knows...

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                            rudeboy Jun 27, 2013 09:32 AM

                            What are the hours at Melvin's (can't find on their FB site). I drive by there in the evenings, and it is always closed.

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                              magicbus Jun 27, 2013 09:36 AM

                              Lunch only, Tuesday - Saturday 11am-2pm. http://www.melvinsdelicomfort.com/fin...

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                                slowcoooked Jun 28, 2013 02:26 PM

                                Word to the wise, get there before 11:45 before they run out of anything.

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                ridgeback Jun 29, 2013 04:45 PM

                September 2013 is the latest estimate, per Eater Austin.

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                  redhatcharm Sep 18, 2013 07:30 PM

                  Here is the latest, per Eater Austin:

                  Looks like Mastman's Deli, which was originally scheduled to open last October and has suffered numerous opening delays, might not ever bring kosher food to the heart of Texas. Texas Monthly's Jason Cohen tweeted a picture of a lockout notice due to non-payment of rent on his personal account last night, of a notice dated September 4th. Mastman's last public update came on September 1, when they insisted the problems were with "floor plans" but they "will be bringing IT!" Rob Balon reported back in July that they were offering catering, but their website has gone 404.

                  Update! Mastman's CEO David Rosen says Mastman's is still on, and will be opening in "late December." There was a dispute with a "minute investor" that ended in litigation that is "now being settled" and Mastman's is now "back on track." Rosen adds, "I am not going to jeopardize my family's name on anything less than success."

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                  1. re: redhatcharm
                    popvulture Oct 14, 2013 08:50 AM

                    Update: I remembered to take a look as I was turning onto 6th from Congress this weekend, and it looks like it's finally donezo. All Mastman's stuff gone, replaced by For Lease signs.

                    Guess we're gonna have to keep waiting for our matzoh ball soup. Oy.

                    1. re: popvulture
                      slowcoooked Oct 14, 2013 09:09 AM

                      Dammit all !!!! What a big huge disappointment.

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                    redhatcharm Oct 14, 2013 08:04 PM

                    Here is tonights Austin Eater report (10/14/13):

                    Mastman's Deli, a kosher deli and restaurant which was originally scheduled to open downtown last October, is still suffering from some serious opening woes. The landlord has posted another lockout notice on the door, after Mastman's was previously locked out last month. Mastman's owner David Rosen says the restaurant is suffering from "just more delays" and they are "in the process of a legal settlement with an ex-investor which will shortly remedy any lease issues." When Eater spoke with Rosen last month, he said Mastman's is shooting for a "late December" opening.

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