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We're Open Omaha: Swartz's Delicatessen and Bagels

Posted at 9:43 AM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 10:43:39-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — If you're looking for a good breakfast and lunch spot, Swartz's Delicatessen and Bagels is open.

Owner Shervin Ansari opened the shop four years ago, which serves kosher-style bagels and meals.

"We're kosher-style. We abide by parameters of some of the meats that we get, so when we have salami, it's a kosher salami that we bring in house," Ansari said. "If it's bologna, it's a kosher bologna we bring in house."

"We basically make all of our deli meats in house," Ansari added. "As a result there's no preservatives in any of our meats."

"Everything's by weight, so if a customer comes in here, and they want to buy a quarter pound, they can have a Reuben for under $10," Ansari said. "But if they want a half pound, it just goes up from there half pound, three quarter pound, one pound."

Ansari said business was good before the pandemic and they were frequently visited by their regular customers. Now the shop is missing those regulars and their business.

"We fell off of a cliff," Ansari said. "It all ended. Even with the curbside, it never made up for that group of folks, and as long as people aren't going into their offices, or having their meetings, or getting together to collaborate, we're going to continue to suffer."

In the meantime, Swartz's is offering curbside pickup and delivery, practicing social distancing, extra sanitizing and hoping they can make it through.

"We are holding our breath for the next wave," Ansari said. "We just feel that if we can survive the next wave, then we will be able to stay in business. But if the next wave comes through, and we get hit like we did back in March, April and part of May, it's going to be very hard to make all the numbers work."

Swartz's Delicatessen and Bagels
8718 Pacific St. Omaha, NE 68114
Monday - Friday: 9:30AM - 2PM
Saturday & Sunday: 9AM - 3PM