OC deli eyes opening eatery at Sby Airport

Rosenfeld’s Jewish Delicatessen, offering traditional old-world favorites, is expected to open at the Salisbury-Ocean City-Wicomico Regional Airport in October.

Airport Manager Dawn Veatch said this week that the paperwork hasn’t yet been signed, so she couldn’t comment in detail, but she would be pleased to have the deli businesses operating there.

This would be the third restaurant for owner Warren Rosenfeld, who has locations at 63rd Street and Coastal Highway in Ocean City and at 18949 Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach, plus a food truck. The plan is for the airport facility to be smaller and offer favorites including popular Reuben sandwiches. When it first opens, beer and wine will not be sold.

Rosenfeld, formerly a lawyer and real estate developer in Washington, D.C., who moved to Ocean City in 2008 with his wife Dana, opened the first deli in 2013. The story is told with a touch of humor on the business Website.

“Being a deli-loving, nice Jewish boy, Warren just couldn’t imagine calling home to a place without a good Jewish deli, and believed strongly that there were other locals who felt the same way. After living in nearby Ocean Pines for only a short period of time, it became apparent to Warren and Dana that there was no Jewish delicatessen nearby, or any type of food that could qualify as real Jewish deli food anywhere within a two-hour drive, in any direction.

“Being a third-generation restaurateur (Warren’s grandfather co-owned and ran a bakery in Washington, DC’s Eastern Market in the 1940’s after leaving Nazi Germany, and Warren’s parents owned and ran a large, successful diner for more than 15 years just a couple of blocks from the White House), Warren had inside knowledge about the restaurant biz, and what it would take to get the idea from concept to reality,” the story goes.

Rosenfeld described the delis as having “the best Jewish food museum found anywhere.”

Menu items include old-fashioned pickles, knishes, blintzes, latkes, matzo ball soup, matzo brei, kosher-style sandwiches, chopped liver, whitefish, herring, chicken in the pot, stuffed cabbage, bobka, cheesecake and New York egg creams made with Fox’s U-Bet syrup.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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