Kenny & Ziggy’s new location opens this week with new amenities and a Broadway theme

Ziggy Gruber holding a giant pickle at the new Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen restaurant, 1743 Post Oak, in Luby’s former location. It opens to the public on Wednesday, February 2.

Photo: Karen Warren/Staff Photographer

Ziggy Gruber holds a 3-foot-long pickle, one of his favorite accessories from his life as a butcher, prepares to place it in the wonderland of memorabilia, archival photos, Broadway Playbills and tchotchkes deli meats that fill the new Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen Restaurant.

“That’s a big dill,” the fast food eater said with the pun.

But he’s not kidding. It’s really a big problem.

After 21 years, Kenny & Ziggy’s closed the show at 2327 Post Oak on January 16 in preparation for moving to a sleek new home down the street at 1743 Post Oak. The new restaurant, with its theatre-loving, salute-Broadway decor, is set to give the conductor a grand opening Feb. 2 in what Gruber hopes will be long-term at the new location.

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Gruber and his business partner, Lenny Friedman, have invested generously in this new act for one of Houston’s favorite restaurants (and one of America’s most famous Jewish delis). Kenny & Ziggy fans have been eagerly awaiting this new production in Luby’s former cafeteria house.

“It’s the best and most unique store I’ve built,” Gruber said.

The curtain is up. Here are the features of the new restaurant:

The Spritzer bar: a full-service bar for signature cocktails and drinks. The cocktail area includes both banquettes and counter seating and is separated from the dining area by waist-length partitions with brass accents.

Soda fountain and coffee bar: Customers can enjoy fancy milkshakes and coffee and espresso drinks at the counter of a soda fountain with its own soft drinks that will also serve desserts such as sundaes, cakes, pies and cookies.

The Schmooze Room: A private dining room for various catering and meeting functions which has its own adjoining covered terrace. It can accommodate up to 100 people seated.

Terrace seats: Unlike the previous location, the new Grocery Outpost will have front and back patio seating; two separate areas for outdoor dining.

K&Z Cakes: The company’s thriving bakery production arm will have a new home in the grocery store’s expansive kitchen facilities.

Gruber is particularly proud of the new restaurant given that his father and grandfather were also successful butchers. Gruber’s grandfather opened The Rialto Delicatessen near New York’s famous Rialto Theater in 1927, the first Jewish deli to open on Broadway.

“I really wish my dad and grandpa were here to see this,” he said.

Behind the deli counter, the Rialto’s opening date is on the wall. “There’s definitely a lot of nostalgic stuff here,” Gruber said. “It’s modern, but you’ll always step back in time.”

Keys are everywhere, he says, including some you can’t see. The restaurant’s soundtrack — a mix of Broadway hits, Rat Pack-era hits, and even some vintage Yiddish radio commercials — is truly something to hear.

And don’t forget the giant pickle. Gruber said he kept it sanitized during the pandemic and gave it a good polish for Wednesday’s grand opening.

Kenny & Ziggy’s will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 713-871-8883;

Greg Morago writes about food for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Send him topical tips at [email protected] Listen to him on our BBQ State of Mind podcast to learn more about barbecue culture in Houston and Texas.

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    Greg Morago was editor and reporter for The Hartford Courant for 25 years before joining the Houston Chronicle as food editor in 2009. He writes about food, restaurants, spirits, travel, fashion and beauty . He is a native of Arizona and a member of the Pima Tribe of the Gila River Indian Community.

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