Stopsky's Deli to close on Sunday

Above, a photo from just before Stopsky
Above, a photo from just before Stopsky's opening in 2011. From left, Stopsky's Delicatessen executive chef Robin Leventhal, kibitzer-in-chief Jeff Sanderson, sous chef Shane Robinson and front-of-house-manager Nick Flesch.
— image credit: Staff Photo / Chad Coleman

Stopsky's, a beloved Jewish deli on Mercer Island, will close its doors this Sunday, August 17 after just three years in business. Owners Jeff and Lara Sanderson announced plans to sell the restaurant on their Facebook page this morning.

"After three fantastic, roller-coaster years, Lara and I have made the decision to sell Stopsky’s Delicatessen," reads the post. "Stopsky’s was a project of the heart whose mission was to reconnect people to Jewish heritage, connect the community, and create homemade Jewish comfort cuisine from scratch. We achieved a lot of this, but in the end could not discover the magic formula to break even."

Many expressed their sadness over the announcement on the deli's Facebook page, calling it a "loss for the community." The delicatessen opened in 2011 with hopes of reviving and improving upon traditional Jewish cuisine, while also integrating Northwest ingredients.

Stopsky's is named after Jeff's grandfather, Gilbert Stopsky, who emigrated from Ukraine, in 1905. Gilbert Stopsky changed his last name to Sanderson soon after moving to the U.S.

The deli's packaged goods are 50 percent off through Sunday. Another business, Club Emerald, also announced plans to leave the shopping center earlier this year after 21 years in business.


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