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What's up with Ben and Izzy's?

rsvp7777 Feb 5, 2013 07:59 AM

No new tweets since Jan. 25. Anybody know when an opening is planned?

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  1. Davwud RE: rsvp7777 Feb 5, 2013 09:16 AM

    I messaged them.


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      deabot RE: Davwud Feb 15, 2013 03:24 PM

      I would think it's hard managing people's expectations. Post too often and people think you are building up hype and not working fast enough to open. Post too infrequently and folks get suspicious whether the opening is a sure thing. Oy Vey. That being said, bring on the smoked meat!

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        kwass RE: deabot Feb 15, 2013 03:43 PM

        Agreed...on both counts!!

    2. kwass RE: rsvp7777 Feb 5, 2013 01:30 PM

      Funny that you mention that. I was thinking the exact same thing today.

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        Michael N RE: kwass Feb 5, 2013 02:13 PM

        I've been checking their twitter pretty much on a daily basis. I need that sandwich!

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          Googs RE: Michael N Feb 6, 2013 07:56 AM

          I dunno. The last tweet was about how the electrician downed an entire pound of smoked meat. Maybe the dude had a coronary and now they can't turn the lights on.

          Probably they're just a little too busy to tweet. Do you want updates or do you want open doors?

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            julesrules RE: Googs Feb 6, 2013 09:02 AM

            IKR? If I were opening restaurant I'd try to stay far far below our radar... so much pressure before they even open!

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        barneyvernon RE: rsvp7777 Feb 6, 2013 12:47 PM

        I drove by again last weekend and unfortunately they don't look anywhere near ready to open. I think Mr. Ben and Izzy were a bit premature with some of their earlier twitter posts.

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          Michael N RE: rsvp7777 Feb 11, 2013 12:59 PM

          They've finally updated their twitter!

          "In a couple of weeks we should have an opening date planned. Stay tuned!"

          Not exactly the "we're opening immediately" I had hoped for, but at least there's some news.

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            kwass RE: Michael N Feb 15, 2013 03:15 PM

            Sounds promising. Hopefully they'll be open by the middle of April. I imagine they won't open before the end of March since it will be Passover @ the end of March, which they would close for.

          2. kwass RE: rsvp7777 Mar 13, 2013 04:56 PM

            According to their Twitter page, they say they're planning on opening the week after Passover

            1. kwass RE: rsvp7777 Mar 21, 2013 01:45 PM

              Just read on Twitter that they're still aiming for the 1st week after Passover. Passover ends on the 2nd of April, so they'll probably be open the week of the 8th.

              1. kwass RE: rsvp7777 Apr 4, 2013 09:14 AM

                Sounds like Ben and Izzy's may be opening on Friday (tomorrow) according to their Twitter feed.

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                  Michael N RE: kwass Apr 4, 2013 09:55 AM

                  I saw that! But I can't tell if he knows that guy and is inviting him to come by the still-closed store for a sandwich, or if they're open to the public. Either way, it looks like they'll be open very soon.

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                    kwass RE: Michael N Apr 4, 2013 09:57 AM

                    Funny! I was wondering exactly the same thing:)

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                      barneyvernon RE: kwass Apr 4, 2013 10:00 AM

                      I saw it just now. But I think he knows this guy and its a "friends and family" event vs. being open to the public. I wouldn't bet them opening any time soon.

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                        kwass RE: barneyvernon Apr 4, 2013 10:09 AM

                        You're probably right that he's a friend. But you really think it's going to be awhile until they open?

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                          ylsf RE: kwass Apr 4, 2013 10:17 AM

                          I think they will probably open in the next week or so... but, sounds like it is definitely worth following them on twitter :)

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                            kwass RE: ylsf Apr 4, 2013 10:21 AM


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                              CarNut RE: kwass Apr 4, 2013 01:51 PM

                              If you go to through their Twitter feed, the guy tweeted that he missed the Friends and Family night, so they invited him to come by tomorrow.

                              They also tweeted the following yesterday:

                              "Izzy and I are planning something special for all of our very patient twitter friends. Exclusive first taste to follow. Stay tuned."

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                                kwass RE: CarNut Apr 4, 2013 01:56 PM

                                So everyone was right about him being a friend :(

                2. kwass RE: rsvp7777 Apr 5, 2013 08:30 AM

                  Davwud, you were too funny on Twitter. If you go, you have to report back. I'm dying to hear how it was :)

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                    MeMeMe RE: rsvp7777 Apr 5, 2013 12:05 PM

                    Apparently they are opening April 9th...yum!

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                      kwass RE: MeMeMe Apr 5, 2013 12:18 PM

                      That's awesome! How did you find that out?

                    2. kwass RE: rsvp7777 Apr 5, 2013 01:08 PM

                      Davwud, just saw your pics on twitter. Food looks awesome!! Now we need deets :)

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                        Davwud RE: kwass Apr 5, 2013 01:24 PM

                        Do you follow me?? If so, who are you??


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                          kwass RE: Davwud Apr 5, 2013 01:28 PM

                          I don't follow you. I just happened to go on the B & I page and saw your name. My name on Twitter is Pugglemumm.

                      2. Davwud RE: rsvp7777 Apr 5, 2013 01:19 PM

                        Okay, first things first, don't hold your breath on April 9. They still have a bit of fitting out to do and are, for the most part, waiting on the Board of Health. They feel 2 weeks or so is a better guesstimate. But stay tuned on Twitter.

                        I sat and talked to the guys for a while this afternoon and sampled both the pastrami and smoked meat.

                        I will point out ahead of time that Ben does the curing and loves, loves, loves pepper. Both the pastrami and smoked meat have a peppery taste and kick.
                        Also, if you're a big fan of fatty sandwiches you may be a bit disappointed. Ben pointed out that locals are really only interested in leaner sandwiches. A point supported by the myriad of locals who stopped by. ALL asking for lean. There are some fatty points on the meat but they're more in the "medium" range. The good thing is, if that's what you're after, you won't have much competition.
                        The bread (rye) is from just down the street at Isaac's Bakery.

                        The pastrami (1) is fabulous.Very peppery with all spice adding most of the backing flavours. Plain, I got a good hit of smoke which is tempered by the bread in sandwich form. They only had prepared mustard today but will offer spicier when they open. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

                        The smoked meat (2) has more going on. The flavour profile is much more rounded and honestly, perhaps, the best smoked meat I've had. Absolutely incredible. This is Ben's own spice blend and isn't supposed to be Montreal smoked meat. Just his take on it.

                        The place will eventually seat 30 and is really nice looking inside.

                        The boys are very ambitious. The plans are to do EVERYTHING in house. Except mustard I guess. Smoked meat, pastrami, corned beef, turkey, pickled tongue, pickles, kraut, the whole mess. They plan on making hot dogs and will have 28 day aged steaks and burgers on their menu as well. I asked Ben about the burgers and I almost kissed him when he said "My idea of a burger is grind the meat, form a patty, salt it and put it on the griddle."

                        Anyway, they also plan on doing shelf stable soups, stews and chili they'll sell in Mason jars.

                        The feedback from locals was overwhelmingly positive. Many had been watching closely and reiterated Izzy's belief that a kosher deli was filling a void.
                        Of note, someone who works at The Village Shul and the guy who owns Omni Jewel Crafters both stopped in and loved their sandwiches.

                        There's still a long way to go but this place could prove to be a gem.


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                          kwass RE: Davwud Apr 5, 2013 01:27 PM

                          Wow!! That sounds awesome Davwud!! One thing I wasn't sure of in your description is, if we ask, will we be able to get the fattier cuts, or are they only doing lean cuts?

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                            Davwud RE: kwass Apr 5, 2013 01:32 PM

                            From what I gather, there won't be an "Fatty" cuts. Medium will be about the fattiest you'll get.
                            That said, they seem to welcome feed back so if fattier cuts are being requested, I'm sure they can adjust accordingly.

                            I should also point out, they don't own a meat slicer. All hand carved.


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                              kwass RE: Davwud Apr 5, 2013 01:40 PM

                              Good to know! Thanks Davwud! I do think it's amazing that they just invited you down for a sandwich. Talk about great customer service :)

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                                magic RE: Davwud Apr 5, 2013 01:40 PM

                                I like fatty.


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                                  kwass RE: magic Apr 5, 2013 01:41 PM

                                  Me too!! Like Davwud said, maybe if enough of us request it, they'll comply.

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                                    magic RE: kwass Apr 5, 2013 01:43 PM

                                    I will definitely ask. Thanks!

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                                      kwass RE: magic Apr 5, 2013 01:49 PM

                                      Me too :)

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                                      Davwud RE: kwass Apr 5, 2013 01:44 PM

                                      I got the impression he's trimming them himself. I'm sure I saw cryo packages of brisket. If you get the fattiest they have, you should be okay. Like I said, not "Fatty" but more "Medium."


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                                      kwass RE: magic Jul 10, 2013 11:59 AM

                                      magic, just so you know Groupon is offering a coupon for Yitze's. And I know how much you love it there. So here is the link if you're interested:


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                                        magic RE: kwass Jul 10, 2013 04:31 PM

                                        Oh nice, thanks kwass!!!!! Will get it. Yay!

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                                          kwass RE: magic Jul 10, 2013 04:36 PM

                                          I thought you'd like that :)

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                                            magic RE: kwass Jul 10, 2013 04:39 PM

                                            I most certainly do. :) !

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                                              kwass RE: magic Jul 10, 2013 04:41 PM


                              2. kwass RE: rsvp7777 Apr 24, 2013 04:51 PM

                                Stopped in to the restaurant and spoke to Ben today, and he seems to think they'll be open by Monday. Fingers crossed everyone.

                                The restaurant looks amazing. They've done a really nice job in there.

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                                  ylsf RE: kwass Apr 24, 2013 06:45 PM

                                  I should stop reading this thread until they actually open.... Keep hoping that each new post is about to say "and they are now open" :) Did you get the same treatment as Davwud? A sample at all? ;)

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                                    kwass RE: ylsf Apr 24, 2013 06:50 PM

                                    They told me last week that when I was in the area I should stop by for a sandwich. So I went in today, but they didn't have anything. That being said, Ben was super-nice. He said that they were hoping to be open 2 months ago, but contractors tend to work on their own schedules. And like Davwud said, now they're just waiting for the "all-clear" from the Board of Health", who also don't seem to be in any rush :(

                                    I wish these guys much success though. Ben seemed like a great guy, and the place is really cute.

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                                      kwass RE: kwass Apr 24, 2013 06:54 PM

                                      I think Davwud also mentioned that everything will be smoked in-house from beef-fry (beef bacon) to smoked meat, pastrami, and corned beef.

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                                        Davwud RE: kwass Apr 25, 2013 02:59 AM

                                        Yep. Even gonna cure their own pickles and will have premade chicken soups and chili and the like in Mason jars for purchase.

                                        Basically, everything but the bread will be done by them.


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                                  Michael N RE: rsvp7777 Apr 26, 2013 01:12 PM

                                  IT'S HAPPENING.

                                  As per twitter: "The moment we have all been waiting for. This sunday we will be opening our doors."

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                                    kwass RE: Michael N Apr 26, 2013 01:15 PM

                                    OMG!! It's here...hooray :)

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                                      Frids RE: kwass Apr 27, 2013 04:44 AM

                                      Any idea what their hours will be?

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                                        radiopolitic RE: Frids Apr 27, 2013 12:39 PM

                                        I tweeted to ask them but haven't gotten a response yet.

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                                    sumdumgoy RE: rsvp7777 Apr 28, 2013 09:47 AM

                                    Ben & Izzy's is now open!

                                    Had the Pastrami ($9.95) which was excellent. Very juicy with a perfect amount of smoke.

                                    They are still working out kinks and some items are not yet available i.e. soups, burgers, latkes.

                                    The big surprise is that they have a 16 oz. USDA Prime rib steak for $29.95. The same that the fancy butchers sell for $30/lb.

                                    The staff members are very pleasant too!

                                    The Grand Opening is scheduled for May 7th.

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