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A Pop-Up in Our Future: Singer’s Mostly Jewish Delicatessen

Douglas Singer hopes to soon be serving not-so-kosher deli fare.

Douglas Singer will be popping up soon with deli meats like corned beef and pastrami. Photograph courtesy of Douglas Singer.

What do you get when a bacon-loving chef plans to open a Jewish deli? Singer’s Mostly Jewish Delicatessen, a pop-up eatery in the works from Douglas Singer, a former co-owner and chef at Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza.

“The reason why it’s ‘mostly’ [Jewish] is because I enjoy making bacon, and I’d like to have a BLT on the menu,” says Singer.

Singer, who also spent time in José Andrés’s kitchens as a sous chef at Zaytinya and Oyamel Crystal City, is currently on the hunt for a food truck or restaurant space to test out his concept in pop-up form before setting up a permanent spot. Both temporary and permanent spaces have yet to be secured, but the ultimate goal is a storefront in the Golden Triangle environs that will serve breakfast and lunch from a smaller menu focusing on house-made items. Breakfast might be bagels, schmear, and lox; Singer imagines lunchtime fare like matzo-ball soup and corned beef, pastrami, egg salad, and chopped liver sandwiches.

In the meantime, he’ll offer a narrower version of the menu from a truck or possibly dinner-only restaurant welcome to the idea of a temporary delicatessen setting up shop during the day. Anyone hungry for pastrami on rye, check back with us for more details.

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  • Allyn

    I'm eating one of his pastrami sandwiches right now. Pretty darn good, but it could be a bit larger.

  • Len cohen

    This is just silly! What we really need is a good Cantonese-style Chinese restaurant.

  • We have sampled Mr Singer's corned beef and out'a-sight pastrami. Can't wait for more news. Please keep us up to date

  • Awesome! We need some more options for yummy deli food in DC. I've had Doug's corned beef and pastrami and it is delish. Can't wait.

  • Alexbmbk

    It's about time someone stretched the boundaries of the typical fare for a Jewish deli.

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