By Brooklyn Reader

January 23, 2015, 10:11 am


Gourmet Deli at 944 Bedford Avenue

Gourmet Deli at 944 Bedford Avenue

It’s been seven months since a recycling truck crashed into the Gourmet Deli at 944 Bedford Avenue on the corner of Dekalb Avenue on the border of Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy.

The accident injured eight people and demolished the entire left side of the corner store, rendering the entire building a construction hazard. It was unclear whether the deli would ever revive itself, much to the chagrin of local residents, as it was one of the only 24-hour delis around for blocks. And for months, even the upstairs tenants had to find another place to live.

20150123_071925Well, the deli did recuperate and is now back in business. The store reopened its doors on Sunday with a fresh look, fresh inventory and a brand-new attitude: “We knew we would be back,” said Abdul Kenny, the store’s co-owner. “I had a strong feeling we could do it. It was very hard at first, but we did it.”

Kenny said they’ve “made everything better,” with more fresh food, more organic products, a smooth machine and a fryer (for those who still want french fries).

“We missed the community, and we’re just glad to be back,” he said smiling.

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