It seems Katz's Delicatessen isn't the only Lower East Side food icon moving into Brooklyn's forthcoming food halls. It was announced last year that the pastrami-and-rye temple would open an outpost in Downtown Brooklyn's Dekalb Market Hall in the fall of 2016, and now, the Wall Street Journal reports that the nearby 102-year-old appetizing store Russ & Daughters will likewise be heading across the river, anchoring a new food hall at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Set to open in early 2017, the food court at the yard's Building 77 will boast a whopping 14,000-square-feet of former warehouse space, which will be transformed into a public area after a $185 million renovation. The R&D offshoot will serve breakfast and lunch, and will have a takeout bakery and a catering arm. It will share building space with current Brooklyn Navy Yard tenants like Kings County Distillery and rooftop vineyard Rooftop Reds.
The new digs will mark a third location for the since-1914 lox-and-schmear stalwart, which expanded for the first time in 2014 with the opening of Russ & Daughters Cafe. A second expansion at the Jewish Museum is also slated for this year.