Legendary Deli spot to relocate after 57 years in West Philly

December 26, 2023 by No Comments

A longstanding University City lunchtime institution, Koch’s Deli, is poised for a significant change of scenery. After serving the community for nearly six decades at 43rd and Spruce Streets, the venerable Jewish delicatessen is preparing to relocate to Old City. This anticipated move follows recent online speculation and a seemingly confirmatory update to the establishment’s permanent address on Google Maps.

Throughout its illustrious history, Koch’s Deli has carved its niche with its delectable cold cuts and generously portioned sandwiches. These culinary creations, including the corned beef special, double-decker turkey club, and the iconic Lou Koch double-decker (featuring turkey, roast beef, and chopped liver), have secured the deli’s place in the hearts (and stomachs) of countless patrons.

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While ownership transitioned upon the passing of Bob Koch in 2005, the deli’s unwavering commitment to its lunchtime legacy remained constant. However, alongside its enduring popularity, Koch’s faced challenges. Notably, a routine inspection in November uncovered health code violations that necessitated a temporary closure by the Philadelphia Department of Health.

Undeterred, the team behind Koch’s Deli looks toward a vibrant future at its new location on 622 Market Street. This prominent space, situated across from a federal courthouse and roughly a block away from Independence Mall, promises a fresh chapter for the iconic establishment. It is reasonable to expect that all previously identified health concerns will be meticulously addressed before the doors reopen, ensuring a hygienic and enjoyable dining experience for patrons moving forward.

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