Forest Hills Post:
Ben’s Best, the Kosher deli that has been located in Rego Park for nearly 75 years, is closing.
The owner of the 96-40 Queens Blvd. establishment made the announcement on the restaurant’s website yesterday.
“Regretfully, after seventy-three wonderful years, Ben’s Best will be closing its doors on Saturday June 30,” the deli announced. “We are very grateful to everyone who has supported us and we hope to see you one last time.”
The deli is owned by Jay Parker, whose father Benjamin opened the famed deli in 1945. The deli is known for its old-fashioned pastrami, matzo ball soup and fresh rye bread.
The deli has struggled in recent times, with Parker attributing much of the decline to the Department of Transportation’s installation of protected bicycle lanes on Queens Boulevard, which required the reduction of parking spaces.